Yesterday morning, I wanted to grab hold of a summary of the number of views my uploaded presentations on Slideshare have had, A quick scan of the Slideshare API suggests that a bit of a handshake is required, at least in generating an MD5’d hash of a key with a Unix timesatamp. I have a pipe that does something similar somewhere (err, or at least part of it… here maybe).
I didn’t have the 10 minutes or so such a pipework hack should take (i.e. half an hour, just in case, plus up to half an hour to blog any solution I came up with;-), so I had a quick look at the YQL community tables to see if anyone had developed a wrapper for calling at least part of the Slideshare API, and it seems some has:
So here’s a pipe that generates a list of a user’s 20 most recent Slideshare uploads, along with how many times they have been downloaded:
And here’s how the output looks:
Note to self: make some time to see what other YQL community tables are available…