Andrew Kluthe andrew at ctech.me
Wed Aug 29 10:31:09 EDT 2012

Working with JSON a whole lot with MongoDB over a REST Interface. Mark
Smith's (RIP) libJSON is really nice. As easy as arrayToJson(pArray)
and jsonToArray(pJSON)

On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 9:27 AM, Richard Gaskin
<ambassador at fourthworld.com> wrote:
> Rod McCall wrote:
>> I am currently developing a server application for a car simulator and
>> part of it may use JSON. I'd appreciate any pointers to tutorials or
>> even links to libraries on how to use JSON in LiveCode, therefore if
>> you have any tips in this direction please let me know. . Otherwise I
>> may have to revert to CSV or XML. From memory LiveCode did have some
>> nice XML features but it's a while since I tried them out.
> The libJSON stack Andy suggested should work well for what you need:
> <http://revonline2.runrev.com/stack/82/LibJson-1-0b>
> FWIW, if by chance you're also using RevServer on the server end you may
> find working with encoded arrays even more convenient, and certainly much
> faster.
> Compressed encoded arrays have become my favorite transport vehicle for
> data, running them through base64Encode to make them extra network-safe:
>   put base64Encode(compress(arrayEncode(tArray))) into tOutData
> On the receiving end it's probably best to handle each of the reversing
> functions in a set of "try" statements to avoid execution errors in the
> event that anything happened to the data in transit:
> function PayloadToArray pArray
>   try
>     put base64Decode(pArray) into pArray
>   catch tErr
>     throw "Data not base64-encoded"
>   end try
>   --
>   try
>     put decompress(pArray) into pArray
>   catch tErr
>     throw "Data not compressed"
>   end try
>   --
>   try
>     put arrayDecode(pArray) into pArray
>   catch tErr
>     throw "Data not array-encoded"
>   end try
>   --
>   return pArray
> end PayloadToArray
> Looking at the BSON format used by a growing number of data stores like
> MongoDB, it's a natural compliment to JSON but much more compact and with
> simpler parsing.  But of course if you're writing for a browser client or a
> server over which you have no control over the output, converting to and
> from JSON is about as good as it gets for expressing hierarchical structures
> easily.
> But if you're writing for a LiveCode client and use LiveCode on the server,
> LiveCode's encoded arrays are quite similar to BSON in many respects, and
> with the speedy convenience of arrayEncode and arrayDecode they're a joy to
> work with, avoiding the overhead of the more verbose and
> computationally-costly JSON.
> With encoded arrays, it's almost like working with native BSON on both sides
> of a client-server system.
> --
>  Richard Gaskin
>  Fourth World
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Andrew Kluthe
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