Bruno Bruno - 5 months ago 43
C# Question

Extract JSON array names C#

I'm trying to deserialize this piece of json here with JSON.NET through an API, and I just want to extract the names that represent each array, which are John, Marie and Bob. Is it possible to extract just the names of each array with a foreach or any kind of method?

Here is how I currently have it:

WebRequest request = WebRequest.Create("...API URL...");
WebResponse response = request.GetResponse();
Stream dataStream = response.GetResponseStream();
StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(dataStream);

string responseFromServer = reader.ReadToEnd();

var jss = new JavaScriptSerializer();
var dict = jss.Deserialize<Dictionary<string, dynamic>>(responseFromServer);

foreach (var item in dict["data"])
string arrayName= Convert.ToString(item["data"]["?array_names?"]);

Data from JSON (responseFromServer)

{"data": {
"John": {
"id": 266,
"title": "Good old john",
"name": "John Shepard",
"key": "JS"
"Marie": {
"id": 412,
"title": "Helper Marie",
"name": "Marie Godfather",
"key": "MG"
"Bob": {
"id": 23,
"title": "Uncle Bob",
"name": "Bob Plane",
"key": "BP"

[EDIT: Added missing {} at start and end, sorry]

Thanks in advance


Assuming the valid json format - the follwing produces the result -

var json = "{'data':{'John':{'id':266,'title':'Good old john','name':'John Shepard','key':'JS'},'Marie':{'id':412,'title':'Helper Marie','name':'Marie Godfather','key':'MG'},'Bob':{'id':23,'title':'Uncle Bob','name':'Bob Plane','key':'BP'}}}";
var t = JObject.Parse(json)["data"];
foreach(JProperty j in t){
} /*John

It is recommended to use JSON.Net for working with json data types.