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Get Film with SWAPI - Star Wars API on New Comments by Keyword from Hacker News API

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Getting Started

This integration creates a workflow with a Hacker News trigger and SWAPI - Star Wars action. When you configure and deploy the workflow, it will run on Pipedream's servers 24x7 for free.

  1. Select this integration
  2. Configure the New Comments by Keyword trigger
    1. Connect your Hacker News account
    2. Configure timer
    3. Optional- Configure Keyword
  3. Configure the Get Film action
    1. Connect your SWAPI - Star Wars account
    2. Select a film
  4. Deploy the workflow
  5. Send a test event to validate your setup
  6. Turn on the trigger


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Description:Emit new comments that mention a specific keyword

Trigger Code

const Parser = require("rss-parser");
const { DEFAULT_POLLING_SOURCE_TIMER_INTERVAL } = require("@pipedream/platform");
const hacker_news = require("../../hacker_news.app.js");

const parser = new Parser();

module.exports = {
  key: "hacker_news-new-comments-by-keyword",
  name: "New Comments by Keyword",
  description: "Emit new comments that mention a specific keyword",
  app: "hacker_news",
  version: "0.0.4",
  type: "source",
  props: {
    timer: {
      type: "$.interface.timer",
      default: {
    db: "$.service.db",
    // If you want a single search feed but multiple keywords, separate the keywords with " OR ":
    keyword: {
      type: "string",
      label: "Keyword",
      description: "Keyword to watch. Matches comments. Leave blank to get all comments.",
      optional: true,
      default: "",
  methods: {
    // in theory if alternate setting title and description or aren't unique this won't work
    itemKey(item) {
      return item.guid || item.id || item.title || item.description;
  async run() {
    const seenKeys = this.db.get("seenKeys") || [];
    const seenKeysMap = seenKeys.reduce((acc, v) => {
      acc[v] = true;
      return acc;
    }, {});
    // All elements of an item are optional,
    // however at least one of title or description must be present.
    // should be listed from most recent to least recent
    const feed = await parser.parseURL(`https://hnrss.org/newcomments?q=${encodeURIComponent(this.keyword)}`);
    for (let idx = feed.items.length - 1; idx >= 0; idx--) {
      const item = feed.items[idx];
      const key = this.itemKey(item);
      // XXX throw if !key?
      if (seenKeysMap[key]) continue;
      seenKeysMap[key] = true; // just in case of dupes
      this.$emit(item, {
        id: this.itemKey(item),
        summary: item.title,
        ts: item.pubdate && +new Date(item.pubdate),
    if (seenKeys.length) {
      // XXX restrict by byte size instead of el size
      this.db.set("seenKeys", seenKeys.slice(0, 1000));

Trigger Configuration

This component may be configured based on the props defined in the component code. Pipedream automatically prompts for input values in the UI and CLI.
Hacker Newshacker_newsappThis component uses the Hacker News app.
N/Adb$.service.dbThis component uses $.service.db to maintain state between executions.

Keyword to watch. Matches comments. Leave blank to get all comments.

Trigger Authentication

The Hacker News API does not require authentication.

About Hacker News

Social news website


Description:Get a film

SWAPI - Star Wars Overview

The SWAPI (Star Wars API) provides a wealth of data about the Star Wars
universe to build applications. With the SWAPI, developers can access detailed
Star Wars related data about people, planets, films, species and much more.
From web and mobile applications to data analysis, the possibilities are

Here are a few examples of what developers can build using the SWAPI:

  • Create a Star Wars encyclopedia to document the Star Wars universe and its
  • Design a custom interactive map to explore the planets of the Star Wars
  • Analyze the data to uncover patterns and insights about Star Wars films,
    characters, and species.
  • Design a search engine to query Star Wars related data.
  • Create a mobile app that displays information about the characters, films and
    species in the Star Wars universe.
  • Design a live score system specialized in providing stats related to the Star
    Wars films and characters.

Action Code

const swapi = require("../../swapi.app.js");
const axios = require("axios");

module.exports = {
  key: "swapi-get-film",
  name: "Get Film",
  version: "0.0.13",
  description: "Get a film",
  type: "action",
  props: {
    film: {
      propDefinition: [
  async run() {
    return (await axios({
      url: `https://swapi.dev/api/films/${this.film}`,

Action Configuration

This component may be configured based on the props defined in the component code. Pipedream automatically prompts for input values in the UI.

SWAPI - Star WarsswapiappThis component uses the SWAPI - Star Wars app.
filmfilmstringSelect a value from the drop down menu.

Action Authentication

The SWAPI - Star Wars API does not require authentication.

About SWAPI - Star Wars

The Star Wars API

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