Dreen Dreen - 1 year ago 113
JSON Question

How to get an array instead of object when requesting JSON data using HTTPful

I'm using HTTPful to send some requests in PHP and get data in JSON, but the library is converting the result into objects, where I want the result to be an array. In other words, its doing a

rather than
json_decode($data, true)

There is, somewhere, an option to use the latter, but I can't figure out where. The option was added in v0.2.2:

- FEATURE Add support for parsing JSON responses as associative arrays instead of objects

But I've been reading documentation and even the source, and I don't see the option anywhere... The only way I can think of is making my own
which does a
json_decode($data, true)
but it seems like a pretty backwards way of doing it if there is an option somewhere...

Answer Source

It may be a little late to answer this, but I did a little research while using Httpful and found the answer. Httpful uses a default set of handlers for each mime type. If one is registered before you send the request, it will use the one you registered. Conveniently, there is an Httpful\Handlers\JsonHandler class. The constructor takes an array of arguments. The only one it uses is $decode_as_array. Therefore, you can make it return an array like this:

// Create the handler
$json_handler = new Httpful\Handlers\JsonHandler(array('decode_as_array' => true));
// Register it with Httpful
Httpful\Httpful::register('application/json', $json_handler);
// Send the request
$response = Request::get('some-url')->send();


I realized that it sometimes parses the response into a funky array if you don't tell the request to expect JSON. The docs say it's supposed to work automagically, but I was having some issues with it. Therefore, if you get weird output, try explicitly telling the request to expect JSON like so:

$response = Request::get('some/awesome/url')
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