Playing with Google Docs Scripts and Get Satisfaction

Sometimes I do things that don't really have a point... yet. One of them was pulling some information from GetSatisfaction (GSFN) to a Google Docs Spreadsheet (GDS). GSFN has an API that returns everything in JSON, so writing script in a GDS to pull in that information is quite easy.

The first step is to create a spreadsheet in Google Docs.  This will act as a container for the data.

The second step is to create a script to parse the JSON output and put it in the spreadsheet.  An example of this, which is a script I used to only get the topic, date, and type of topic (question, idea, problem, or praise).  It's simple, and it can be expanded on.  But for the sake of example, here it is:

function fillGSFN() {
  var r=1; 
  for(var page=89;page<200;page++){
    var jsondata = UrlFetchApp.fetch("http://api.getsatisfaction.com/companies/{COMPANY}/topics.json?page="+page);
    var object = Utilities.jsonParse(jsondata.getContentText());
    var ss=SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
    var sheet=ss.getSheets()[0];
    
    for(var i in object.data){
      sheet.getRange(r, 1).setValue(object.data[i].subject);
      sheet.getRange(r,2).setValue(object.data[i].created_at);
      sheet.getRange(r,3).setValue(object.data[i].style);
      r++;
    } 
    if(i!="14") return 1; //This was not a full page
  }
}

This script is still a work in progress, and there are better ways to consume a JSON feed, but for what I was doing, this was a nice quick-and-simple way to do it.

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