GET with URL parameters and a JSON response

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This example shows how to properly encode URL parameters for GET request and parse JSON output returned by Stack Exchange API returning information about Stack Overflow posts.

type postItem struct {
	Score int    `json:"score"`
	Link  string `json:"link"`

type postsType struct {
	Items []postItem `json:"items"`

values := url.Values{
	"order": []string{"desc"},
	"sort":  []string{"activity"},
	"site":  []string{"stackoverflow"},

// URL parameters can also be programmatically set
values.Set("page", "1")
values.Set("pagesize", "10")

uri := ""
client := &http.Client{
	Timeout: 15 * time.Second,
resp, err := client.Get(uri + values.Encode())
if err != nil {
	log.Fatalf("http.Get() failed with '%s'\n", err)
defer resp.Body.Close()

if resp.StatusCode != http.StatusOK {
	d, _ := ioutil.ReadAll(resp.Body)
	log.Fatalf("Request was '%s' (%d) and not OK (200). Body:\n%s\n", resp.Status, resp.StatusCode, string(d))

dec := json.NewDecoder(resp.Body)
var p postsType
err = dec.Decode(&p)
if err != nil {
	log.Fatalf("dec.Decode() failed with '%s'\n", err)

fmt.Println("Top 10 most recently active StackOverflow posts:")
fmt.Println("Score", "Link")
for _, post := range p.Items {
	fmt.Println(post.Score, post.Link)

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