[development] Programmatic data importing from JSON source

Kristof Van Tomme kvantomme at gmail.com
Sun Feb 15 16:00:49 UTC 2009

Hi Paul,

Check out http://drupal.org/project/extra_RSS_fields it's very alpha
and it's Drupal 5, but it sounds like it's approximately what you
would need.

Feel free to contact me directly should have any questions about it.


2009/2/15 Paul Hoza <paulhoza at gmail.com>:
> Hello folks,
> I've been struggling for a long time (way too long) to get a data feed
> imported into CCK nodes.  I've attempted a plethora of different strategies,
> including but not limited to:  FeedAPI, Feed Element Mapper, custom parsers,
> hacking parsers, tweaking mappers, Yahoo! Pipes to create custom feed
> versions of the original feed, serialized PHP exports, etc.
> I'm tired of the project, but I have to find a way to get this to work.
> So, I found a few articles on programmatically creating CCK nodes and I'm
> hoping to connect with anyone who's had experience doing this with JSON
> data.  There is an XML/RSS version of this feed I need, but it sucks
> compared to the JSON version, with respect to how much data is in there and
> how it's formatted.  The XML version hides a lot of crucial info into a
> <summary> element... which I might be able to parse through separately, but
> RSS feed aggregators just ignore stuff in there.  Again, I'd have to make a
> custom parser to get in there.
> Here's an article that hits about as close as I've seen yet.  I am leaving
> for a couple days, so I'll try to get something like this working when I get
> back, but I hoped to hear from anyone who's done the same thing.
>  Information on using JSON data to create nodes is sparse, but this article
> hits pretty close to the mark:
>  https://secure.prolucid.com/node/43
> I had read other posts about doing similar methods using drupal_execute(),
> et. al, but they all talk only about XML as data source.  I haven't found
> anything talking about JSON or (un)serialized PHP sources.
> What I really need to do is do an initial import of the JSON feed into my
> CCK node (which is a huge feed of 6,200+ items).  After that, I want to
> check the feed every day for changes and create new daily nodes accordingly
> -- which is why FeedAPI really seemed like the ticket, aside from my massive
> struggles with making my own parser.  For now, I'd be happy with a PHP
> script that I could call daily with cron.
> Thanks for any feedback... sorry for the long post.  Part rant, part plea.
>  :)
> Cheers,
> Paul Hoza

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