[mythtv-users] services API question

Hika van den Hoven hikavdh at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 20:56:27 UTC 2023

Hoi Hika,

Thursday, February 23, 2023, 9:48:05 PM, you wrote:

> Hoi George,

> Thursday, February 23, 2023, 9:14:02 PM, you wrote:

>> Hello List folk,

>> This question may not be appropriate for this forum, so please
>> redirect me if there's a better way to get this answered....

>> I'm playing with some python code to get guide data similar to what
>> mythweb does with the guide. Although I'm only interested in a subset of the full guide data.

>> Anyway, I am using the Channel Service 'GetChannelInfoList' and am
>> trying to loop my way through it to see the chanId, chanNum, CallSign.

>> The data structures that most of these service api requests result
>> in is confusing to me. How do I know what's a dictionary and what's
>> a list? When it's a dictionary, how do I know what the keys are?
>> Here's an example of a loop where I'm trying to traverse the
>> results... This isn't part of any actual project yet, I'm just
>> trying to understand how to examine and use the results of these queries...

>> resp_dict=backend.send(endpoint="Channel/GetChannelInfoList?SourceID=0&StartIndex=1&Count=33&OnlyVisible=true&Details=false")
>>     print ("Response from channel Info query: ", resp_dict)
>>     channelInfos=resp_dict['ChannelInfoList']
>>     c=0
>>     for chan in channelInfos:
>>         print(channelInfos[c]['ChanID'],
>> channelInfos[c]['ChanNum'], channelInfos[c]['CallSign'])
>>         c+=1

>> The print command in the for loop is generating an error, "KeyError: 0"
>> But I used to have the 'chan' from the for loop there and it was
>> giving me an error about indices must be integers, not strings, so
>> I'm not sure if it's a list or a dict or what the heck it is...

>> How is one supposed to determine the structures of data that are
>> returned by the service api calls???

>> Thanks for any insight!!

>> -- George

> Here a simple function to print the output to screen or file for
> further analysis:

> def print_output(data, spcs='', file = None):
>     def print_value(value, spcs='', key = None):
>         key = '' if key == None else '"%s" = ' % key
>         if isinstance(value, dict):
>             output('%s%s<dict>:%s' % (spcs, key, lineend))
>             for k, v in value.items():
>                 print_value(v, '%s    ' % spcs, k)

>         elif isinstance(value, list):
>             output('%s%s<list>:%s' % (spcs, key, lineend))
>             for v in value:
>                 print_value(v, '%s    ' % spcs)

>         else:
>             output('%s%s(%s)%s' % (spcs, key, value, lineend))

>     output = print if file == None else file.write
>     lineend = '' if file == None else '\n'
>     print_value(data)

> The file object in the calling should be a file opend for writing.

Further values are always string. You yourself have to convert them to
int or datetime. Datetime is always in utc.

Tot mails,
  Hika                            mailto:hikavdh at gmail.com

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