Extract LinkedIn data using Python

Retrieving data from social networks is increasingly becoming popular for various purposes. Some applications may be doing it for authenticating and authorising users to their own web based applications. Some others may be looking for validating/verifying people related data. Whatever may be the purpose, connecting to social media requires your application to adhere to certain authentication and authorisation mechanisms. Your application can be a web based one or a script written in any scripting language. Here, I am using python. Without much ado, let’s have a look at how you can run a…continue reading →

Python Lists – Easy data structure to create and manipulate

Python has quite a few built-in data structures. Lists Tuples Dictionaries Strings Sets Frozensets Among these, I am going to start with lists. A list keeps the order of objects stored in it. So does tuples and strings. Hence, these are also called sequence types in general. A list is mutable - meaning we can add, delete or modify its elements. >>> vehicle=['car','bus','truck','van'] >>> print(vehicle) ['car', 'bus', 'truck', 'van'] >>> print(vehicle[0]) car >>> print(vehicle[3]) van How to add a new element to an existing list ? Use append method to add an element…continue reading →

Basic python packages for learning analytics

I have been planning to start learning analytics for sometime now. Every time I think I'll start, something more urgent will pop up. But today I got a bit of time and so I built a fresh environment for learning purposes. Here's what I did. Created a new virtual machine using VirtualBox(opensource virtualization platform from Oracle). Having a virtual machine helps in multiple ways. My work related stuff is not affected in any way by new applications that I install for learning purposes. If something crashes, I can discard the VM and create…continue reading →