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Creating JSON feeds from WordPress

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The difference between just building a mobile We have some information that has name and value pairs.

Creating JSON feeds from WordPress

The difference between just building a mobile webpage and the web application we're going to be building is that our web app will get information and assemble itself from data sources. It means that we're going to have to get some information. And in this video I'll start by discussing the JSON format and show you how to get data out of a word press blog ,so JSON is a format for sharing data. It's really nothing more than a text file written in a certain way. So you can see a quick example right here. We have some information that has name and value pairs.

So for example we have this name field right here. And it's in quotes, that makes it in the JSON format. And then we have a value my name right here Ray Villalobos. And then we have a position attribute with a value of Staff Author and then we have something that is an array of element or a list of elements, and that is placed within these brackets right here, and then each of the list items is separated by commas. So that's a quick example of how a JSON looks, but it actually can get a lot more complicated because each one of these name value pairs can have different types of information.

So these are all pretty much text. You saw an array here, but they can also be booleans or other objects. Now, JSON is based on JavaScript objects and eventually JSON data goes into a JavaScript variable or a JavaScript object, that then you can parse with your program. And so all this information is going to go in, be inserted into a variable that you're going to manipulate. Thankfully, when you're using jQuery Mobile, you get a full copy of jQuery. And jQuery makes it super easy to read in and parse information in the JSON format.

You can access information in the JSON format from a variety of sources. And, although I'm going to show you how to do this in WordPress. You can get information from a PHP script in the JSON format. Or you can read a feed from many other different services, like YouTube, Twitter, and Flickr. And that makes it a great format for sharing information from a variety of sources. Once you get that information into your web application, you can use that data to build pages. But the first thing we need is some kind of information and if you're going to need information from a website you're going to need to have that data transferred from whatever your site is using into the the JSON format.

Now if you want to learn more about JSON make sure you check out my course JavaScript and JSON. It has a lot more information about not just JSON but JavaScript objects. So what if you have a blog and you want to convert or extract some of the data in the blog into a web application using JSON? WordPress by itself doesn't have a way of outputting JSON files, but thankfully, WordPress is very extensible, and so by adding a plugin, you can very easily add the functionality you need To export your data.

So, the plugin that I like to use is called the JSON API plugin. And you can check it out at this page. Now, it's very easy to use and if you click right here on this other note section, you can see the complete documentation. It has a very complicated and very full featured API. But basically what you do is you call your website URL and then you can add parameters like? JSON equals one and it will output the information in your blog in the JSON format.

And you can also say hey just get me the recent posts Or include other parameters like anything that's tagged with the slug banana, et cetera, et cetera. This can get very complicated, but let's go ahead and show you how you can install this on your WordPress blog. So here I am in my blog. I'm going to go to the admin section, so I'll do my blog's name, and then admin. And it may ask you to log in with your credentials, but I've been in my blog recently, so it just takes me straight to my admin page.

Now from here, you want to go to the plugins section. And from here, you want to add a new plugin. Now in here you want to search for JSON API and click on search plugins. And then click on install now. You may have to put in the credentials for your website. Once it downloads the information,you want to click on this, Activate Plugin button right here. Now that the JSON API plugin has been installed, we can use it to call our website. So if you remember, to call our website and get the JSON data, all I have to do is do iviewsource,and then question mark JSON equals one.

So when I hit return, I should see something that looks like this. Now, this may not look very friendly, but in reality, it's a JSON file. And you can grab this information from the JSON file, read it into a JavaScript variable, and start accessing anything within this data. But in order for us to understand what kind of data we receive back from our JSON feed. It's really good to use some sort of JSON editor or at least a visualizer. And so what I'm going to do is I'm going to select everything in here, I can triple click to select everything, and then I'm going to copy this into my clipboard.

Then I'm going to switch over to another web application. So this web application is called the JSON editor online And what you can do here is you can paste a raw JSON file so I'm going to grab this and delete it. And paste the information I got from the JSON API plug in. And once it's in there I can click on some of these buttons. Actually, I'm going to click on this one right here. And it will convert the data so it's at least a little bit more readable. Now what's even better is that I can hit this button and it's going to convert it into an object that is easier to read.

So we just took all this information, that is even though a little bit better organized still a little bit messy And it organized it in a way that I can easily look at and expand a little better. So from here you can see, okay, you're going to get back some sort of object. And this object is going to have a few different name and value pairs. So for example we get, status okay, count five, which tells us how many things we got back. And then, some other information. Like how many pages are in our blog.

And how many articles are in the blog, as well. Now, the interesting piece of info is this posts right here. So, we're getting five posts back from our JSON feed. We can open that up and see an array of different elements. If we open any one of these up. you'll see some additional information. So this JSON editor online is a really good visualizer that allows us to see the structure of our data. And once we start working with JSON and inputting that data using jQuery.

We're going to be able to create pages using this information.

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jQuery Mobile Web Applications

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Ray Villalobos

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  1. 2m 59s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know
      1m 12s
    3. Using the exercise files
  2. 44m 29s
    1. Downloading and installing jQuery Mobile
      12m 3s
    2. Creating a page
      6m 1s
    3. Using buttons
      8m 11s
    4. Adding control groups
      5m 22s
    5. Creating a header toolbar
      7m 3s
    6. Adding icons to a footer toolbar
      5m 49s
  3. 43m 46s
    1. Creating JSON feeds from WordPress
      7m 11s
    2. Importing feeds into our application
      6m 45s
    3. Creating our page templates
      5m 18s
    4. Populating filterable list items dynamically
      10m 31s
    5. Adding thumbnails to our list items
      5m 19s
    6. Fixing potential link problems
      2m 54s
    7. Adding a more information page
      5m 48s
  4. 20m 52s
    1. Creating dynamic toolbars
      7m 49s
    2. Adding a headline to our toolbars
      3m 18s
    3. Injecting a footer
      4m 45s
    4. Highlighting the active toolbar link
      5m 0s
  5. 35m 34s
    1. Preparing pages for our feed
      4m 34s
    2. Understanding the YouTube API
      4m 58s
    3. Parsing the YouTube feed
      9m 36s
    4. Adding thumbnails and links
      6m 27s
    5. Playing our video
      5m 53s
    6. Styling our YouTube elements
      4m 6s
  6. 27m 47s
    1. Working with a feed from Flickr
      8m 38s
    2. Parsing data from the Flickr API
      9m 39s
    3. Displaying photos on a separate page
      3m 28s
    4. Styling a responsive grid
      6m 2s
  7. 27m 51s
    1. Setting up a Twitter account
      4m 32s
    2. Understanding the Twitter feed
      3m 24s
    3. Parsing data from the Twitter API
      4m 35s
    4. Styling our Twitter feeds
      3m 31s
    5. Processing Tweets through regular expressions
      6m 35s
    6. Finishing our app
      5m 14s
  8. 2m 2s
    1. Next steps
      2m 2s

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