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survey_cto

SurveyCTO - Download and parse form data from SurveyCTO

A node module for converting SurveuCTO's wide JSON data into structured objects

SurveyCTO provides and API to automatically download form data. Unfortunately, the wide-JSON returned from their API is not ideal for some data analysis environment. This module fills the gap by providing a simple API to download and parse the form data from your SurveyCTO surveys.

Table of contents


Setup

The SurveyCTO module works with global setting for the servername and authentification. Make sure to set them when first loading the module.

var surveyCTO = require('survey-cto')
var servername = "myServerName" // don't use the full domain, just your servername 
var username = "myUserName"
var password = "Pa55w0rd"
surveycto.config(servername,username,password)
// 

Normal workflow

surveyCTO
  .addColumns(["SubmissionDate"],"Date")
  .addColumns(["instanceID","KEY"],"String")
  .addColumns(["repeatCount"],"Number")
  .addColumns(["someBooleanField"],"Boolean")
  .accColumns(["someMultipleSelect"],"Array")
  .addRepeat("myRepeat")
  .addToRepeat("myRepeat",["repeatField"],"String")
  .addToRepeat("myRepeat",["anotherRepeatField"],"Number")
  .formId('My_Test_form')
  .getAndParse()
  .then(function(data){
    // do something with the data 
  })
  .catch(function(err){
    // log the error 
  })

Simple download

If you want to simply download data without converting it:

var Request = require("./lib/Request.js"),
req = new Request();
 
req.formId('My_Test_form')
  .get()
  .then(callback)
  .catch(console.log)

formId sets the id of the form data to download. get returns a Promise containing the wide-JSON data. The Promise is only resolved upon a 200 status code. All other status codes cause rejection.

Filter by date

If you only want to download form-data submitted after a specific date:

var Request = require("./lib/Request.js"),
req = new Request();
  
req.formId('My_Test_form')
  .lastDate('2016-16-11 12:27:00 PM EAT')
  .get()
  ...

Converting data

By default, all data in SurveyCTO's form-data is stored as String If you want to convert those strings to other datatypes:

surveyCTO.addColumns(["columnName1","columnName2"],"Number") // converts all columnName1, columnName2 data into Numbers 
  .addColumns(["columnName3"],"Date") // converts all columnName3 data into Dates 
  .addColumns(["columnName4"],"Array") // splits the data of columnName4 into an Array 
  .addColumns(["columnName5"],"Number-Array") // splits the data of columnName5 into an Array and converts each element to a Number 

Defining repeats

Merge data from the wide-JSON into a nested Object:

// wideJson = {"Meeting":"1","name_1":"Bob","name_2":"Alice","name_3":"Paul","age_1":"21","age_2":"25","age_3":"31"} 
surveyCTO.addRepeat("attendance") // defines a new key with the name attendance 
  .addToRepeat("attendance",["name"],"String") // {"Meeting":"1","attendance":[{"name":"Bob"},{"name":"Alice"},{"name":"Paul"}]} 
  .addToRepeat("attendance",["age"],"Number")  // {"Meeting":"1","attendance":[{"name":"Bob","age":21},{"name":"Alice","age":25},{"name":"Paul","age":31}]} 

Examples

TBD

API

surveyCTO.addColumns(Array,Type/Function)

Ensures the data in the columns as defined in Array will be converted to type Type or via function Function.

surveyCTO
  .addColumns(["SubmissionDate"],"Date")
  .addColumns(["instanceID","KEY"],"String")
  .addColumns(["doubleColumn"],x => x*2)

surveyCTO.addRepeat(name)

Tells the parser to add a column with the given name to store repeat data in. The actual data to be stored within the repeat must be defined via surveyCTO.addToRepeat.

surveyCTO
  .addRepeat("myRepeatName")

surveyCTO.addToRepeat(name,Array,Type/Function)

Ensures that the data from the columns as defined in Array will be converted to type Type or via function Function and stored in repeat name. Requires that the repeat has been defined via surveyCTO.addRepeat.

surveyCTO
  .addRepeat("myRepeatName")
  .addToRepeat("myRepeat",["repeatField"],"String")
  .addToRepeat("myRepeat",["anotherRepeatField"],x=>x*2)

surveyCTO.renameColumns({key:value})

Converts the names of columns from key to value during parsing.

surveyCTO
  .renameColumns({"oldName_1":"newNameOne","anotherWeirdColumName":"shortname"})