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Web scraping and automation dictionary

Confused by terminology? Use our dictionary to quickly understand what you need to know.

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What is a proxy?

Proxy servers act as a shield protecting your digital identity from the websites you visit
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What is a residential proxy?

A residential proxy is the most reliable way to scrape data while using proxies.
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What is a datacenter proxy?

A datacenter proxy is the fastest and most affordable way to scrape data while using proxies.
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What is a SERP?

SERP is an abbreviation for Search Engine Result Pages
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What is JavaScript?

JavaScript is the main programming language of the Internet
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What is a session?

A session is reusing the same IP address during web scraping
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What is a request?

A request is your command for an actor to open a specific webpage to further scrape it for data
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What is a request queue?

A request queue is a list of web pages lined up for your actor to visit and scrape for data within one run.
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What is key-value store?

A key-value store is a space for storing important files
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What is Node.js?

Node.js is an open-source environment that executes JavaScript code without the need for a browser
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What is JSON?

JSON is a format for storing and transporting data
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What is a dataset?

A dataset is a table that acts as a log of your results from web scraping activities.
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What is a web scraper?

A web scraper is a program made to extract data from the web
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What is Apify SDK?

Apify SDK is your number one resource for creating your own Apify actor
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What is web crawling?

Web crawling is a process of browsing webpages systematically
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What is web scraping?

Web scraping is extracting data and content from websites automatically
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What is RPA?

RPA stands for robotic process automation
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What is Puppeteer?

Puppeteer is a way for you to control the Chrome browser using JavaScript
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What is Cheerio?

Cheerio is an implementation of jQuery designed specifically for servers
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What is a headless browser?

A headless browser is a web browser with no graphical user interface
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What is an actor?

An Apify actor is a program that can carry out any task in a web browser
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