This is simple code that recursively downloads articles from the public WordPress API:

import requests

from pymongo import MongoClient
client = MongoClient()
db = client.wp

payload = {
    'number': 100

url = 'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1.1/sites/{site_id}/posts'
response = requests.get(url, params=payload).json()
found = response['found']
posts = response['posts']
print 'found {number} posts'.format(number=found)

def get_next_page(offset):
    print 'Inserted we have {left} posts left to go'.format(left=abs(found-offset))
    response = requests.get(url, params= {
        'number': 100,
        'offset': offset


    if int(response['found']) > offset:
        get_next_page(offset + 100)


The logic for getting 100 posts is duplicated for the case of the initial load and subsequent loads with an offset. It would be better to refactor in a way to eliminate the duplicated logic:

params = {'number': 100}
offset = 0

while True:
    response = requests.get(url, params=params).json()
    found = response['found']
    posts = response['posts']       
    print 'Inserted {number} posts'.format(number=len(posts))
    offset += 100
    if offset >= found:
    print 'We have {left} posts left to go'.format(left=found-offset)       
    params['offset'] = offset
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Your code follows most of PEP8.


  • Lines should be a maximum of 79 characters. The exception to this is comments, at 72.
  • Operators should have a space either side of them. 2 * 2. The exception to this is to show precedence: 2*2 + 2.
  • You should not have any spaces around the = when passing arguments:

    response = requests.get(url, params= {

Your code looks really good otherwise.

It may be worth removing the need to parse key-words to str.format:

print 'found {number} posts'.format(number=found)

It's good, but a bit long-winded.

Also, I would recommend not relying on globals in get_next_page. If you only want to pass found once you can do this:

def get_next_page(found):
    def inner(offset):
        # Same as before
        if int(response['found']) > offset:
            inner(offset + 100)
     return inner


And finally, if you are planning on using this on a very large amount of data, where you would have to use get_next_page a lot, I would recommend not using recursion.

Have a look at sys.getrecursionlimit(). It tells you how many times you can recurse. My limit is 1000, for example.

For more info, look here.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you explain why using inner? \$\endgroup\$ – toy Jul 13 '15 at 23:48

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