[Tutor] extract uri from beautiful soup string

Sander Sweers sander.sweers at gmail.com
Mon Oct 15 02:35:05 CEST 2012

Please don't top post.

> On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM, Sander Sweers <sander.sweers at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Norman Khine schreef op zo 14-10-2012 om 23:10 [+0100]:
> >> One thing is that when I try to write the assoc_data into a CSV file,
> >> it groaks on
> >>
> >> UnicodeEncodeError: 'ascii' codec can't encode character u'\xc7' in position 0:
> >
> > It looks like python is doing an implicit decode/encode on one of your
> > strings. It may be caused in codecs.open. You will have to hunt down
> > where this implicit decode/encode is done, see
> > http://nedbatchelder.com/text/unipain.html for more info.
> >
> >> here some sample data from the print:
> >
> > These strings don't cause any errors for me and fit in ascii. Add some
> > print statements before your write the string to find which string is
> > causing you grief.

> Norman Khine schreef op ma 15-10-2012 om 00:17 [+0100]:
> i tried this: http://pastie.org/5059153
> but now i get a
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "nimes_extract.py", line 75, in <module>
>     c.writerow([item.encode("UTF-8")])
> TypeError: 'NoneType' object is not callable

You have several str() likely to work around real bugs but now they are
biting back. In your code I don;t see any use for it..

Example how str() is hiding bugs for you.

>>> str(None).encode('UTF-8')
>>> None.encode('UTF-8')

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#9>", line 1, in <module>
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute 'encode'

Get rid of all the str() and make sure you have only unicode strings
*everywhere* and start fixing all the bugs that got hidden because of

Do make sure to watch the video as it explains the pain you are having
with unicode.


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