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Dealing with APIs, JSON and databases in org-mode (isamert.net)
125 points by nanna 12 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 14 comments





Just in case you like this, but don't use org-mode, there is https://github.com/pashky/restclient.el

In the words of Emacs Rocks!, 'a sparkling gem in user interface design, restclient-mode':

http://emacsrocks.com/e15.html


restclient.el is also great because there's a similar package that works for vscode so for team members not on emacs you still get interop.

Great post, with lots of interesting things to improve my workflow! My progression has been 1) rest client 2) org-mode with blocks 3) verb-mode. However, I think most of what is mentioned can be applied equally to verb-mode, which sort of a DSL built on top of org-mode.

[1] https://github.com/federicotdn/verb


I've mostly used bash source blocks (with curl, jq, awk etc) for this. OPs way is definitely more aesthetic but a bash cli seems more flexible.

Other than that, org-mode can also be your postman, but mixes well with your other notes. :)


I’m a complete noob at api work. I could use the 20,000ft view. What are these components for a bash solution you describe? I know curl makes http requests, but what is this workflow? I’m frequently using tmux, vim and zsh, so your comment grabbed my attention, and I need to do this for a project that has something called OData.

he's likely doing the same thing with a few more lines of boilerplate than the OP with his admirably (kicks me in the behind) well specialized 'dsl' extensions.

it's got nothing to do with tmux/vim/zsh, instead, it's an example of emacs's org's polylingualness showing just how sweet it can be when extended to support one of 'any' console tool you care about, in whatever workflow.

you make these documents with notes, and run them or any part of them from org or tangled/driven from the commandline. its nice. plus the editor ...


Exactly. So instead of the first example I'd have the following in some .org file, where C-c C-c on the bash block generates the result block:

  #+begin_src bash :results verbatim
  curl https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/todos/1 
  #+end_src

  #+RESULTS:
  : {
  :   "userId": 1,
  :   "id": 1,
  :   "title": "delectus aut autem",
  :   "completed": false
  : }

that seems a little more ergonomic at first glance than ob-restclient https://github.com/alf/ob-restclient.el

that was awesome. Do you know if it is possible to do syntax highligting in org mode between begin_src..end_src?

Yes, definitely. For all languages, for which you have a major mode installed. I think you need to look for "fontify source block emacs org mode" or so. Basically org hands highlighting off to those major modes, if I understand it correctly.

Edit: Found it: https://orgmode.org/worg/org-contrib/babel/examples/fontify-...


In doom emacs for me it does it by default if I had the src language so #+BEGIN_SRC json #+END_SRC

Or #+BEGIN_SRC ruby #+END_SRC

And I have a pretty vanilla doom emacs config.


Pretty sure that it's OOTB for completely vanilla Emacs.

It is! Just specify the language after #+begin_src.



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