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Tool - Google Play Comments Extractor

I was recently chatting with a childhood friend (rare thanks to COVID19, life is not so fast, for now). He's a researcher and a Six Sigma expert. He mentioned he was facing a problem wherein he needs to extract google play app reviews. Now, being the programmer at heart (for good and bad), I thought it would be easy to crack. I stumbled upon various techniques and found a better/ faster way to get it done. Hereby sharing my journey.
Challenge(s)Retrieve user reviews for google play app store for given appApp is related to COVID-19 for India so have almost thousands of reviews being posted every single day. So, in short, large data volumeGoogle play page doesn't make it easy either. Due to nature of minified javascript and dynamic event injection, user experience, it's a much complicated environment for data extractionPaging incorporates both infinity scrolling and button based next page functionality
Solutions thought/ triedRPA - (I'm not an RPA expert, not yet), but hav…