Go JSON Using anonymous structs for decoding

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The goal with using anonymous structs is to decode only the information we care about without littering our app with types that are used only in a single function.

jsonBlob := []byte(`
    "_total": 1,
    "_links": {
      "self": "https://api.twitch.tv/kraken/channels/foo/subscriptions?direction=ASC&limit=25&offset=0",
      "next": "https://api.twitch.tv/kraken/channels/foo/subscriptions?direction=ASC&limit=25&offset=25"
    "subscriptions": [
        "created_at": "2011-11-23T02:53:17Z",
        "_id": "abcdef0000000000000000000000000000000000",
        "_links": {
          "self": "https://api.twitch.tv/kraken/channels/foo/subscriptions/bar"
        "user": {
          "display_name": "bar",
          "_id": 123456,
          "name": "bar",
          "staff": false,
          "created_at": "2011-06-16T18:23:11Z",
          "updated_at": "2014-10-23T02:20:51Z",
          "logo": null,
          "_links": {
            "self": "https://api.twitch.tv/kraken/users/bar"

var js struct {
    Total int `json:"_total"`
    Links struct {
        Next string `json:"next"`
    } `json:"_links"`
    Subs []struct {
        Created string `json:"created_at"`
        User    struct {
            Name string `json:"name"`
            ID   int    `json:"_id"`
        } `json:"user"`
    } `json:"subscriptions"`

err := json.Unmarshal(jsonBlob, &js)
if err != nil {
    fmt.Println("error:", err)
fmt.Printf("%+v", js)

Output: {Total:1 Links:{Next:https://api.twitch.tv/kraken/channels/foo/subscriptions?direction=ASC&limit=25&offset=25} Subs:[{Created:2011-11-23T02:53:17Z User:{Name:bar ID:123456}}]}


For the general case see also: http://stackoverflow.com/documentation/go/994/json/4111/encoding-decoding-go-structs

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