Making use of libraries available and building something useful has always been my favorite. However, I haven’t yet been involved in making/contributing to one. I don’t even know the procedure to be involved in building libraries. My latest program also makes use of various libraries such as selenium, time, tkinter. In a nutshell, the program fetches jokes from www.laughfactory.com and displays a message box with a joke in a timely interval. I usually run the program while I am at work(internship). I’ve set 10 minutes interval between the jokes to be shown. By the way, I used time module and it’s time.sleep(time_in_seconds) method for dealing with intervals between each message box to appear. The program isn’t full fledged and you can make additions to it on your own for customization according to your need. The earlier statement, I guess seemed very professional for a small program. Please bear with me 🙂
I made use of selenium module along with pyvirtualdisplay to fetch the jokes and mute the display of the browser, since it would be distracting. The program only fetches 20 latest jokes from laughfactory.com and periodically displays one at a time in a messagebox. A little humor is always good at work. Anyway that’s my personal thought you may disagree to. I used tkinter module for displaying the message box. That’s all about the program. Have a look at the codes. Thank god, the import statements < program statements.
Python codes to get timely jokes
import tkinter import tkinter.messagebox as mbox from time import sleep from selenium import webdriver from pyvirtualdisplay import Display display = Display(visible=0, size=(800, 600)) display.start() browser = webdriver.Firefox() browser.get("http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/latest-jokes") sleep(40) #print("finding jokes") jokes = [str(joke.text) for joke in browser.find_elements_by_xpath("//div/p[starts-with(@id,'joke_')]")] #print("found") browser.quit() display.stop() window = tkinter.Tk() window.wm_withdraw() for joke in jokes: sleep(600) mbox.showinfo('Bored? Enjoy the JOk3!', joke)
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