These are tricks we use when using the APIs. We'd love to hear about the things you use to make life easier too. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post them.
jq` is a lightweight and flexible command line JSON parser. It supports colored terminal output, and filtering for JSON documents
JQ can be downloaded and installed from: https://stedolan.github.io/jq/
json_reformat` formats your output nicely without reordering the fields, and is easily installed via most standard Linux Distros
If it doesn't work for you, try
yum install yajl. If you are using a mac and do not have yum, you can use macports to install
json_reformat. Make sure you have xcode and macports downloaded and installed and then run
sudo port install yajl. If you get an error message, follow the instructions given.
Verify a JSON
This is a nice JSON verifier. http://www.jsonlint.com/
From Firefox: Normally when encountering a JSON document (content type "application/json"), Firefox simply prompts you to download the file. With the JSONView extension, JSON documents are shown in the browser similar to how XML documents are shown. The document is formatted, highlighted, and arrays and objects can be collapsed. Even if the JSON document contains errors, JSONView will still show the raw text.