Parser for new LookML?

  • 21 December 2017
  • 5 replies

Userlevel 6

Yes, please!

Introducing Node LookML Parser -

(Disclaimer: I made this myself - it is provided 100% as-is, without warranty, and probably unwarranted!)

It’s an open-source Nodejs module which can be used from the command line, or as a dependency in your Nodejs application. It can process either a single string of LookML, or a whole directory of files, and outputs the results into an easy-to-navigate JSON-compatible object.

Here’s what it looks like on the command line:

5 replies

Userlevel 6

I just published an update to the package that improves the output a little bit (details on the npm page)

Userlevel 3

this is awesome!

i’ve been looking for more CLI stuff for editing lookml, as our main project has grown so large that editing lookml in-browser is an awful experience.

specifically, i’m interested in using this to be able to parse our lookml dimensions for a known set of acronyms to ensure we’re including labels in those dimensions so they display properly.

Userlevel 6

@cobbr2 I’ve made a couple of JSON object -> LookML generators for specific use cases before, and I think the approach should be generalizable. I just use a templating language (of which there are dozens, I like DoT).

Here are some in-browser implementations to give you an idea of what I mean:

I’ve started one parse->transform->generate tool in Node too, but haven’t finished it yet.

If all you’d like to do is change something highly-localized like explore names, maybe a simple regex search&replace would be sufficient?

Any idea what it would take to round trip something through this? E.g., we want to change all the model names in a set of files; so we want to read, find those, then write out a new .lkml that gets them right.

Cool! Thanks for doing this. We may not need it as much as we did previously, now that branches can be named (along with a couple other 5.x features), but I’m glad to know there’s a way to do our workarounds if we need to.