I’ve just finish developing a nifty little tool called
yaml2db that allows you to dump the contents of a yaml file, or an entire directory of yaml files, into a database. What’s so nifty about that I here you ask? Well … IFTTT! With the IFTTT service you have quick and super easy access to the APIs of dozens of your favourite web-services. You can use any of the IFTTT channels as an input for an applet that then writes a yaml file with the data you wish to capture to a directory in your Dropbox account. Pointing
yaml2db at this Dropbox directory in your filesystem then sucks all this lovely data into a MySQL database. It’s up to you then what you want to do with the data, the point is you now have a simple, homogenised way of pouring content from all those APIs into a local database. nIFTTTy right? (sorry couldn’t resist).
You could grab the URLs for videos you ‘like’ on youtube or add to your watch-later list on vimeo. Or how about your sleep log from your fitbit, or a new contact added to your iOS device.
How about this applet that logs URLs moved into my instapaper read-work-projects folder:
yaml2db simply install the fundamentals python package. The easiest way to install this is via
pip install fundamentals
Or you can clone the github repo and install from a local version of the code:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:thespacedoctor/fundamentals.git
python setup.py install
So how does it work?
yaml2db will take either a path to a single yaml file or to an entire directory of yaml files, parse the contents of those files and add the key-values to a mysql database. Here’s the usage statement (printed by typing
yaml2db -h from a terminal window):
yaml2db [-d] -s <pathToSettingsFile> <pathToYaml>
yaml2db [-d] --host=<host> --user=<user> --passwd=<passwd> --dbName=<dbName> <pathToYaml>
pathToYaml path to a single yaml file or directory of yaml files
pathToSettingsFile path to a settings file with logging and database information (yaml file)
--host=<host> the database host
--user=<user> database user
--passwd=<passwd> database user password
--dbName=<dbName> name of the database to add the table content to
-d, --delete delete yaml file(s) once added to datbase
-h, --help show this help message
-s, --settings path to a settings file with logging and database parameters
The yaml files require a
table value to indicate the name of the database table (or tables, comma-separated) to add the yaml key-values to. If the database tables do not exist,
yaml2db will create them for you. Here’s an example of the content of a yaml file:
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yaml2db will take the content of this file and add it to both a
yaml2db on a single yaml file run:
yaml2db -d --host=localhost --user=username --passwd=mypassword --dbName=myGreatDatabase /Users/Me/yaml/20161219105124.yaml
Obviously replace the database parameters with your own. The
-d flag indicates that you want to delete the yaml file once it’s been parsed.
yaml2db on an entire directory of yaml files run:
yaml2db -s /Users/Me/mydefault_settings.yaml /Users/Me/yaml/
/Users/Me/mydefault_settings.yaml contains your database and logging parameters (see the fundamentals tutorial if you require more details).