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Paginating API call with Radian6

By Marina Lohova · Friday, August 24, 2012

Tags: rails

I wrote about Radian6 in my earlier blog post. Today I will review one more aspect of Radian6 API - call pagination.

Most Radian6 requests return paginated data. This introduces extra complexity of making request several times in the loop in order to get all results. Here is one simple way to retrieve the paginated data from Radian6 using the powerful Ruby blocks.

I will use the following URL to fetch data:


Let's decypher this.

  • 1338958800000 is start_date, 1341550800000 is end_date for document search. It's June, 06, 2012 - July, 06, 2012 formatted with date.to_time.to_i * 1000.

  • 2777 is topic_id, a Radian6 term, denoting a set of search data for every customer.

  • 8 stands for Twitter media type. There are various media types in Radian6. They reflect where the data came from. media_types parameter can include a list of values for different media types separated by commas.

  • 9 and 6 are page and page_size respectively.

First comes the method to fetch a single page.

In the Radian6 wrapper class:

def page(index, &block)
  data = block.call(index) 
  articles, count = data['article'], data['article_count'].to_i  
  [articles, count]

A data record in Radian6 is called an article. A call returns the 'article' field for a page of articles along other useful fields.

Now we will retrieve all pages of data from Radian6:

def paginated_call(&block)
  articles, index, count = [], 0, 0
    index += 1
    batch, count = page(index, &block)
    articles += batch 
  end while count > 0

Time to enjoy the method! I'm using httparty gem to make requests to API.

paginated_call do |page|

Thanks for flying!