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Use this pull-stream to lazily traverse a paginated (REST) API NPM

Simple Usage

    var pull = require('pull-stream');
    var paginated = require('pull-paginated-api-request');
    ver querystring = require('querystring');
    var extend = require('xtend');
    var hyperquest = require('hyperquest')
    var request = paginated(function(o, pageToken) {
        return hyperquest(o.endpoint + '?' + querystring.stringify(
            extend({o.query, pageToken ? {pageToken: pageToken} : {})
            endpoint: 'https://api.whatever.com/playlistItems',
            query: {
                playlistId: id,
                maxResults: 50
            ['items', true], 
    // outputs all playlist items until a REST API response
    // does not contain a nextPageToken proerty

See regular/liked-on-youtube for a real-life example.



Returns a request function that can be used to query the API. Takes a factory function that provides the response of an API server as a Node-style ReadableStream. The arguments of the factory-function are:

  • makeResponseStream(obj, pageToken)

    • obj - an ojbect (opaque to pull-paginated-api-request) (see below)
    • pageToken: the token of the result page to request (see below)
    • please return a Node-style ReadStream. (Hint: use hyperquest, it works in Node and in the browser)

request(obj, [itemPathway, nextPageTokenPathway])

This is the function retruned by paginated (see above). The first argument obj will simply be forwarded to makeResponseStream. The second argument is an array of pathways. They describe where to find the items (the stuff that we are interessted in) and the token of the next page of API results. The pathways themselves are arrays. They describe the location of those two properties within the JSON-formatted response of the API server. See pathway for details.

request returns a pull-stream source. It generates output only when that output is consumed. This means that only those result pages get requested from the server that actually are needed. See Dominic Tarr's pull-stream to learn more about pull-streams and the power of laziness.

Advanced Usage

Instead of specifying an array of pathways, you can provide your own function to extract properties from the server response. This is also how you extract a pageToken from the HTTP headers (used by GitHub for example). See test.js for details.



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