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Choices in your on-the-fly data retrieval

Wed 13 Feb 2019, 11:08 AM

by Ben Langhinrichs
While it is fun to write about proof-of-concept features, let's talk for a moment about what you can do with the Midas LSX right now, because that is pretty awesome as well. To be clear, the XML option here will be Version 5.60 which is due out any day now, while the JSON and CSV are there now.

Scenario: Collect custom-specified data on-the-fly and return it in various formats

We may want the data returned as a file or as a stream. If we wanted to import the data into some other application, we might use CSV. If we wanted to stream it in a REST API for some other processing, we might return it as JSON. If we want to use it with a webpage generated using XSLT, we might return it as XML.

For this example, let's say we want a few selected fields from every SPR in the FixList db, but only the fixes in Version 9.0.1 FP10. We pass that information in, and in about five lines of LotusScript code, we return the following. I told Midas to sort by SPR to make it easier to read, but usually order doesn't matter in actual applications. Of course, you can try this yourself by requesting a Midas LSX evaluation and using the data-driven sample dbs to avoid coding altogether..

JSON for apps that retrieve and process in JavaScript (e.g., roll-your-own REST API)

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XML for apps that use XML for processing (e.g.,with XSLT transformations)

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CSV for apps that load data in for processing (e.g., business intelligence visualizations)

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Try this and other data retrieval by requesting a Midas LSX evaluation and letting us know what you would like to accomplish.

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