So a couple years ago I started teaching myself programming, there was a lot of bumps along the way, and knowing what I know now I probably would have done things much differently, but isn’t that always the case. Anyway, back then I started with Python and Perl as they were relevant to what I was trying to do in my sysadmin work, but quickly branched out to Java, C/C++, and tinkered in some other languages. I would not go as far as to say I am great at working with any of these languages, but I am competent enough to do some fun things, like develop an Android game and make some very handy scripts for myself at work. I’ve since started working on more larger projects, you can see some of my posts on our site at Iridium Flare Games about our progress on a couple of games I am developing with a friend.

Anyway, when Warlords of Draenor came out I managed to get myself dragged back into WoW. It has been fun times, and with the latest content patch it is keeping me interested. Sometime back I ended up in a guild I liked, and was curious how I stacked up against the rest of the guild in gear. I originally thought that Battlenet would have this built into their webUI, but apparently not! So I checked out their REST API and had some fun. I came up with this script, which you can download from github and try out (you will need Python3 installed, and the requests package) to see how you compare to the rest of your guild!

import multiprocessing as mp
import operator
import configparser
import requests

config = configparser.ConfigParser()"wowapi.cfg")
client_id = config['DEFAULT']['clientID']

# Change these to find your guild
server = "the forgotten coast"
guild = "auxilium"

# Setup threadsafe queue to add jobs to
queue = mp.Queue()

# Battlenet stuff for HTTP GET url/header building
api_uri = ''

key = {'apikey': client_id}
member_payload = {'fields': 'members'}
char_items = {'fields': 'items'}

def main():

    # Build the dict to use for the params in the HTTP GET
    payload = key.copy()

    # HTTP GET request with the server and guild from above,
    # and then parse that as json
    r = requests.get(api_uri + '/wow/guild/' + server + '/' + guild,
    data = r.json()

    # Grab the members json object which contains all of the characters from
    # the guild, and add them to the queue to be processed
    entries = data['members']
    for char in entries:
        queue.put([char['character']['name'], char['character']])

    # Get the size of the queue for tracking progress, create a threadsafe dict
    # and create a list of jobs/processes to execute on the queue
    total = queue.qsize()
    char_ilvl = mp.Manager().dict()
    jobs = []
    for i in range(20):
        p = mp.Process(target=worker, args=(queue, char_ilvl,))

    # There may be a much better way to do this, we are simply waiting for the
    # processes to complete and then move on to sorting and printing the
    # characters
    waiting = True
    while waiting:
        i = 0
        for job in jobs:
            if job.is_alive():
                i += 1
        if i == 0:
            waiting = False
        current = (queue.qsize() - total) * -1
        print('\r[{0}/{1}] ({2})'.format(current, total, i), end="", flush=True)

    sorted_ilvl = sorted(char_ilvl.items(), key=operator.itemgetter(1))
    for k, v in sorted_ilvl:
        print(k, v)

def worker(q, d):
    """Used as a worker thread to process the data pulled from battlenet"""

    while not q.empty():
        # Build the headers to get the correct json that contains average ilvl
        # then grab the next job from the queue for character name and realm
        # to add to the uri
        payload = key.copy()
        name, data = q.get()

        # Checking for realm as sometimes this seems to not be there, possibly
        # due to battlenet updates being behind after char moves?  Same with
        # the items object nested if
        if 'realm' in data:
            iData = requests.get(api_uri + '/wow/character/' + data['realm'] +
                                 '/' + name, params=payload)
            ilvl = iData.json()
            if 'items' in ilvl:
                d[name] = ilvl['items']['averageItemLevel']

if __name__ == "__main__":
    if client_id == "yourKey":
        print("Please replace the clientID in the wowapi.cfg with your api key")