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A RESTful API for news.ycombinator.com written in Coffeescript for node.js

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Hacker News API

RESTful http://news.ycombinator.com API written in Coffeescript for node.js, utilizing jQuery, JsDOM, and express.

API Url Examples

Retrieve Front Page News

URL: http://localhost:1337/news or http://localhost:1337/news/{nextId}
Method: GET
Returns: nextId: ID for next page of links
items: array of links {commentCount, id, points, postedAgo, postedBy, title, url}

Retrieve Jobs

URL: http://localhost:1337/jobs or http://localhost:1337/jobs/{nextId}
Method: GET
Returns: nextId: ID for next page of links
items: array of links {commentCount, id, points, postedAgo, postedBy, title, url}   

Retrieve Newest Posts

URL: http://localhost:1337/newest or http://localhost:1337/newest/{nextId}
Method: GET
Returns: nextId: ID for next page of links
items: array of links {commentCount, id, points, postedAgo, postedBy, title, url}   

Retrieve Ask HN Posts

URL: http://localhost:1337/ask or http://localhost:1337/ask/{nextId}
Method: GET
Returns: nextId: ID for next page of links
items: array of links {commentCount, id, points, postedAgo, postedBy, title, url}   

Retrieve Post Comments

URL: http://localhost:1337/discuss/{id}
Method: GET
Returns: array of comments {indent, comment, postedAgo, postedBy}

Retrieve a user's profile

URL: http://localhost:1337/profile/{username}
Method: GET
Returns: about, createdAgo, karma, username

Retrieve Posts Submitted By User

URL: http://localhost:1337/profile/{username}/submissions/{nextId}
Method: GET
Returns: nextId: ID for next page of links
items: array of links {commentCount, id, points, postedAgo, postedBy, title, url}

Retrieve Comment Threads for a user

URL: http://localhost:1337/profile/{username}/comments
Method: GET
Returns: array of comments {indent, comment, postedAgo, postedBy}

Developers

Node.js dependencies

  • Our script depends on jsdom and express. To install, just run the following command while in the directory:
$ npm install

Compiling Instructions

  • Compiling requires coffeescript, doesn't matter what flavor. If you are using npm:
$ npm install -g coffee-script
  • Compiling for production
$ coffee --compile hackernews-api.coffee
  • Or live compiling
$ coffee --watch --compile hackernews-api.coffee
  • Then run it!
$ nodejs hackernews-api.js -p1337

Author(s)

Eric Lewis

Copyright and license

Copyright 2012 boxyco, LLC.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this work except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License in the LICENSE file, or at:

http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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