[Baypiggies] HTML Parsers (n00b)

Jeff Kunce jjkunce at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 02:26:08 CET 2010

No question about lxml's speed.  I'm using it (as part of Deliverance) on a
current project to re-theme a website on the fly.

But for day-to-day use, it's Beautiful Soup.  I can't resist pure python :)

  -- Jeff

On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Alec Flett <alecf at flett.org> wrote:

> lxml is awesome, don't be fooled by the name - it has great understanding
> of HTML, even malformed.
> ianbicking did a great comparison years ago but it still stands:
> http://blog.ianbicking.org/2008/03/30/python-html-parser-performance/
> and an update:
> http://blog.ianbicking.org/2008/12/10/lxml-an-underappreciated-web-scraping-library/
> Basically: lxml is fast as hell, (uses libxml2 under the hood)low memory
> footprint, and very forgiving of wacky html, better than Beautiful Soup.
> I think pyquery actually uses lxml under the hood? or at least libxml2?
> Alec
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