Workflows Tips #29: Create JSON Objects, Dynamic URLs, and Normalize Inputs

Welcome to another Okta Workflows Tips post. Read all previous tips.

In this post:

  • Use Compose card to create a JSON object
  • Use Compose card to create dynamic links
  • Normalize inputs with To Lower Case/To Upper Case cards

These tips come from Ylan Muller, an avid Okta admin and certified consultant, member of the MacAdmins Slack Community, and the IT Manager at FireHydrant.

Use Compose card to create a JSON object

Use the Text – Compose card to create a JSON object where parts of the JSON are dynamically mapped.

Creating a JSON object with Compose card

The Compose card will return a text representation of the JSON object. Use JSON – Parse card to parse it into an actual JSON object.

Use Compose card to create dynamic links

You can also Text – Compose card to create dynamic URLs.

Creating dynamic URLs with Compose card

Ok, something to be aware of.

It is easy to use the Compose card to create links, it is also easy to accidentally add a space to a link. This can cause an error which is difficult to debug/find. As an alternative, consider using Text – Concatenate card to create dynamic links. The Concatenate card helps prevent intruding space by accident.

Normalize inputs with To Lower Case/To Upper Case cards

Use Text – To Lower Case card to normalize inputs for URLs or when building bots that might interact with APIs that are case sensitive.

Normalizing text with To Lower Case card

Running the above flow, the output of the Compose card will be:

https://host.com/api/v1/vnjmqueihquoziex/groups

And, Text – To Upper Case is used in a similar way:

Normalizing text with To Upper Case card

The output is:

https://host.com/api/v1/DTSLPDLODABWOKDR/groups


Two resources to help you learn more: 

🎥 Short how-to Workflows videos to help you become a better automation builder.

✏️ Read our Workflows How-To Guides based on community member questions.

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