jagdipa jagdipa - 4 months ago 4x
JSON Question

Access JSON or JS property using string

I have a JSON array like this:

_htaItems = [

I want to update this by passing the ID, column name and new value to a function:

function updateJSON(ID, columnName, newValue)
var i = 0;
for (i = 0; i < _htaItems.length; i++)
if (_htaItems[i].ID == ID)

My question is, how do I update the value? I know I can do something like the following:

_htaItems[x].description = 'New Value'

But in my cause, the column name is being passed as a string.


In JavaScript, you can access an object property either with literal notation:

the.answer = 42;

Or with bracketed notation using a string for the property name:

the["answer"] = 42;

Those two statements do exactly the same thing, but in the case of the second one, since what goes in the brackets is a string, it can be any expression that resolves to a string (or can be coerced to one). So all of these do the same thing:

x = "answer";
the[x] = 42;

x = "ans";
y = "wer";
the[x + y] = 42;

function foo() {
    return "answer";
the[foo()] = 42;

...which is to set the answer property of the object the to 42.

So if description in your example can't be a literal because it's being passed to you from somewhere else, you can use bracketed notation:

s = "description";
_htaItems[x][s] = 'New Value';