The meeting focused on a deep-dive analysis of a participant's issue with extracting data from PDFs using Xano, a no-code platform. The participants worked through the process of executing API endpoints, manipulating data, setting conditionals, testing, and debugging to ensure the correct data was being extracted. Concepts like looping, typing, and the use of JSON were also discussed in the context of programming on Xano.
The participant's task involved extracting information from PDFs containing state standards in finance and math. An Adobe Extract PDF API was used to convert the PDFs into JSON files for easier manipulation in Xano. The challenge was to filter the PDF data accurately to get specific details like topic, code number, and related parameters.
The group went into a detailed step-by-step process of defining the exact conditionals in Xano to accurately iterate over the JSON array extracted from the PDFs. The participants used conditions, loops, debug stops, variable manipulations, and data-types discussions to implement the logical flow in Xano. They focused on specifics such as the 'for loop', 'if' conditions, 'page range' conditional, and 'variable' definition for the wanted details. They also applied debug stops at strategic points to verify if the code processes were working correctly.
Finally, the participants validated their code with various run-throughs and adjusted the conditionals and variables as required, demonstrating how iterative testing helps understand the data better and refine the code.
The meeting would be helpful to other platform users, developers, or code learners that are seeking to understand how to extract PDF data with Xano API, manipulate JSON structures, and apply control flow constructs in a no-code platform environment. It's especially relevant for individuals working with data extraction and conversion from various information formats like PDFs.
(Source: Office Hours 12/26 )