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JSON - text format for data exchange

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a text data format independent on platform. It is used for transfering data that can be organized into arrays or objects. JSON represents any data structure (number, string, boolean, null, object or array composed of these) written in text form (string). The hierachical complexity is unlimited in theory. The JSON syntax is a valid syntax of the JavaScript language.
 
JSON data format is very simple, lightweight and easy to read. Compared to XML the JSON format is more efficient, readable and easier to process. Data structures written in JSON are easy to use in JavaScript itself, but also in other languages and environments including the PROMOTIC system.
 

JSON data types

- String: Text string. The string must be entered into quotation marks (apostrophes are not allowed) and can contain all Unicode characters. Quotation marks and backslash must be entered as \" and \\. Any character (similar as in JavaScript) can be entered also as uXXXX, where XXXX represents the character code from Unicode table written in hexadecimal form.

Example: "Temperature", "Name is \"PROMOTIC\""

- Number: Number, integer or real number (including the syntax with exponent). The decimal separator is always a full stop.

Example: 1316 , -1.23 , 0.12e-4

- Boolean: Logical value.

Example: true , false

- Null: Value null.

Example: null

- Array: Array (list of values). It is demarked by square brackets []. Array in JSON is a container with sequenced list of values. The values in array can be of any JSON data type including an object or an array.

Example:

[12, "Beethoven", 33.6, false]

[0.2, ["Mozart", "Wolfgang, "Amadeus", 1756], "Salzburg", 35.8, false]

- Object: Object (name-value pairs). It is demarked by braces {}. Object in JSON is not an object in the sense we know from JavaScript. It is a container with data but no methods. Each data item (value) of the object has its key that is of the String type. Other objects and arrays can be inserted into such object thus creating more complex tructures.

Example:

{"x": 100, "y": 100}

{"position": {"x": 100, "y": 100}, "size": {"dx": 200, "dy": 100}}

 
Values of other data types cannot be entered directly and must be transformed to some of the JSON types. E.g. the date can be transformed into string or number in order to enter it to JSON.
 
JSON itself is built on two universal structures:
- Collection of name-value pairs (Object) - in the PROMOTIC system represented by the PmMap object.
- Sorted list of values (Array) - in the PROMOTIC system represented by the PmArray object.

JSON support in the PROMOTIC system

Pm.JsonParse method: Transforms JSON format text into object, array or elementary value
Pm.JsonStringify method: From object, array or elementary value creates text in JSON format
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