> On Mar 10, 2018, at 9:26 PM, Chris Angelico <ros...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 4:18 PM, Irv Kalb <i...@furrypants.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I teach courses on beginning Python (Python3).  In one of my topics, I 
>> explain how we can write simple programs that reach out to the internet and 
>> download data (request/response).
>> I show a number of examples using:   urllib.request.urlopen( 
>> <urlWIthParameters> )  to get things like weather data, currency exchange 
>> rates, etc.
>> I just tried my examples again, and they are all working fine, except for 
>> one.  I had an example where I used the call above to get simple (American) 
>> stock quotes from Yahoo.  However, with this example, now I get a bunch 
>> errors.  In tracking it down, I found that Yahoo has shut down this public 
>> API, discontinued this service.
>> So ... I am looking for a replacement.  I have done quite a bit of 
>> searching, but I have not been able to find a simple way to get a stock 
>> quote (no need for historical data - most recent price is fine).  I have 
>> found many examples where people have built custom packages for doing this 
>> type of thing.  However, I am in a college environment, and I cannot install 
>> any new packages on the computers there.  I've also seen examples of people 
>> building SQL-style queries to get this type of information, but that's 
>> beyond what I am trying to teach.
>> Wondering if anyone has any example of an API where I could just make a call 
>> using Python Standard Library interfaces to get stock quotes?
> Check out https://www.alphavantage.co/ for something you can query for
> free. Extensive and amazingly useful. One of my students did some
> second-tier analysis on the data they provide as a capstone project on
> stock trading analysis.
> You may want to consider, though, modifying the "no new packages"
> rule. The 'requests' library is WAY better for teaching Python and web
> APIs than the raw urllib. Get just a small handful of pip-installable
> packages whitelisted and your life will be better.
> ChrisA

Hi Chris,

Thank you very much for this.  It is very close to what I am looking for.  I 
had seen this early in my searches but I didn't go into it in detail because it 
looked like it was designed to give way more information than I was looking for 
- for example, the first example is about time series data.  

I did look into it today, and I got a free API key to check it out.  It does 
have the ability to give just a stock quote for a symbol, but it looks like the 
minimum I can get back is a csv:

MSFT,96.1800,--,2018-03-09 16:01:30

which is easy enough for me to break apart.  I just wish there was a way to 
eliminate the header line so I wouldn't have to go through an explanation about 

Thanks very much.  If I can't find another one that just give back a price, 
I'll probably use this one.


PS:  The "no new packages" rule is not mine.  It's the rule imposed by the 
college.  They are the administrators of the computers and I don't have an 
admin password. 


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