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Improve JSON mapping

JSON handling is very static. The entire JSON structure must be predefined and we can only string-substitue into values. When API calls require certain keys to be included or excluded depending on the operation, this means we must create multiple copies of the API call with different JSON request structures. This duplication is wasteful and error-prone.

With XML, we have XSLTs that can contain control structures to generate any XML we require, and then pass that into a single API call.

For JSON, one solution could be using JavaScript snippets to generate some output from some input, similar to the XSLT dialog now. The input would be a JSON object, manipulated by the JavaScript snippet, then converted back to JSON.

  • Guest
  • Jul 8 2020
  • Not under consideration
What is your industry? Non-Industry Specific
How will this idea be used?

This will allow us to use APIs that take JSON input without having to create multiple copies of an API call with many entry-validation steps into each.

  • Admin
    Greg Russell commented
    4 May, 2021 02:53pm

    While this provides some valuable comments and we will be considering as we look at improvements to our activity framework, we do not believe that we are going to be able to address in the near to medium term.

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