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Module for scraping UC Merced's class schedules

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# UCMercedule: Scraper
A Python module that scrapes [UC Merced class schedules][1] for you!

Just create a `Schedule` object with `ucmscraper.Schedule(validterm)`, where `validterm` is a value from the eponymous radio button group found in the [UC Merced Schedule Search form][1]. Call `ucmscraper.fetchValidterms()` to get the current `validterm`s, or inspect the search page's raw source HTML.

## Installation
```
pipenv install ucmscraper
```

## Example usage
```python
import json
import pathlib # Python 3.5+; for pre3.5 Python, import pathlib2
import ucmscraper

pathlib.Path('./example').mkdir(exist_ok=True)

# Fall Semester 2018
# schedule = ucmscraper.Schedule(201830)

validterms = ucmscraper.fetch_validterms()
schedule = ucmscraper.Schedule(validterms[-1]) # latest term

with open('example/Fall_2018_Schedule.html', 'wb') as f:
f.write(schedule.html)
with open('example/Fall_2018_Departments.json', 'w') as f:
json.dump(schedule.departments, f, sort_keys=True, indent=4)
with open('example/Fall_2018_Sections.json', 'w') as f:
json.dump(schedule.sections, f, sort_keys=True, indent=4)
```
Check out the resulting schedule files in the [example folder](example/).

[1]: https://mystudentrecord.ucmerced.edu/pls/PROD/xhwschedule.p_selectsubject


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