Lara Lara - 2 months ago 10
JSON Question

How to serialize specific Json object from C#

I have a requirement where i need to serialize

object in below format

"columns": [{
"title": "NAME"
}, {
"title": "COUNTY"
"data": [
["John Doe", "Fresno"],
["Billy", "Fresno"],
["Tom", "Kern"],
["King Smith", "Kings"]

Here i need to get this json object from two different source, one is
and other is
. Columns would come from a
which will be comma separated as

string columnNames = "Name, County";

would come from .net Datatable like

DataTable dt = new DataTable();

I tried with below code using
but i am not able to format it in the required format. Actually, shared format is required to dynamically create jquery datatable. Here is my raw code in C#.

public static string ConvertDatadttoString(string appName)

DataTable dt = new DataTable();

dt.Columns.Add("Name", typeof(string));
dt.Columns.Add("County", typeof(string));

dt.Rows.Add("vo", "");
dt.Rows.Add("pa", "");

System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer serializer = new System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer();
List<Dictionary<string, object>> rows = new List<Dictionary<string, object>>();
Dictionary<string, object> row;
foreach (DataRow dr in dt.Rows)
row = new Dictionary<string, object>();
foreach (DataColumn col in dt.Columns)
row.Add(col.ColumnName, dr[col]);
return serializer.Serialize(rows);

Above code is only serializing the
and is not able to create in the required format. Thanks.


What I usually do, is I build a model based off of the data, and serialize that model.

This is how I'd imagine your model would look.

public class SampleClass
    public IEnumerable<SampleItem> columns { get; set; }
    public IEnumerable<IEnumerable<string>> data { get; set; }

public class SampleItem
    public string title { get; set; }

And this is how I'd imagine you'd get the sample json

var sample = new List<SampleClass>
    new SampleClass()
        columns = new List<SampleItem>()
            new SampleItem() {title = "NAME" },
            new SampleItem() {title = "COUNTY" },
        data = new List<List<string>>()
            new List<string> { "John Doe", "Fresno" },
            new List<string> { "Billy", "Fresno" },
            new List<string> { "Tom", "Kern" },
            new List<string> { "King Smith", "Kings" },

var serializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
var json = serializer.Serialize(sample);

I'm sure you can figure out how to create that model based off of your real data. It's not that hard.