Building a Skybot reddit module.

Perhaps I’ll update this with what’s been going in my life if there’s any interest. Anyway, I’ve been working with python and with a little help from /r/redditdev I designed a module to check regex (in this case, from IRC chatter) for a link to reddit and go get metadata about the link. This is for Skybot on Python 2.6 or 2.7.

import json
import urllib2
import time
from util import hook
import re

reddit_re = (r'.*((www\.)?reddit\.com/r[^ ]+)', re.I)

def reddit_url(match):

jsonlink = + '.json' # retrieve JSON-ified version of link
req = urllib2.Request(jsonlink)
req.add_header('User-agent', 'Python/Putyourbotnamehere-1.0') # Reddit wants us to use unique user-agents. OK.
response = urllib2.urlopen(req)

data = json.load(response)
submission = data[0]['data']['children'][0]['data'] # Dig down to the relevant bits.
self = submission["is_self"]
if self == True:
url = '' + submission["id"]
url = submission["url"]
title = submission["title"]
score = submission["score"]
author = submission["author"]
timeago = time.strftime("%b %d %Y %H:%M:%S", time.gmtime(submission["created_utc"]))
comments = submission["num_comments"]
return '%s - \x02%s\x02 - posted by \x02%s\x02 %s GMT - %s points and %s comments' % (
url, title, author, timeago, score, comments)