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[Python] - Time Grabber

python time grabber scrape lxml timezone

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#1 Sundance


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 05:15 PM

So during a little bit of free time I wrote this

I have commented on the code, it's a very simple time scraper!

# Time grabber by LKP
# Python Version 2.7
# Requires LXML
from lxml import html
import requests
import os

print "Which country would you like to know the time of?" # Asks the user which country they would like to know the time of.
country = raw_input("> ") # Country variable
replacement = country.replace(" ","_") # If you enter in a country like "United Kingdom" the website TheTimeNow.com requires an underscore in its URL i.e. http://www.thetimenow.com/United_Kingdom so this replaces a "space" in the two words meaning it doesn't error.
page = requests.get("http://www.thetimenow.com/"+replacement) # Gets the entire page
tree = html.fromstring(page.text) # Converts it into a simple tree for LXML to read
time = tree.xpath('//span[@id="main_time"]/text()') # Reads the Span tag with the ID "main_time"
print "The current time in",country,"is",time[0] # Prints the users selected country along with the current time including PM/AM

Hope you enjoy it!

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 06:26 AM

That's nice! Very simple, yet very complicated for me. I understand the code, but I don't know if I could write it myself. I'm still waiting for my Python books to arrive. :) Thanks for the share!

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