TruMan1 TruMan1 - 2 months ago 14
Swift Question

How to convert array of dictionary to JSON?

I have an array of dictionaries that I'd like to convert to JSON. My object is of type

[[String: AnyObject]]
and would like to end up with a sample like this:

[
{ "abc": 123, "def": "ggg", "xyz": true },
{ "abc": 456, "def": "hhh", "xyz": false },
{ "abc": 789, "def": "jjj", "xyz": true }
]


This is what I'm trying, but the compiler is not liking my declaration:

extension Array where Element == Dictionary<String, AnyObject> {
var json: String {
do { return try? NSJSONSerialization.dataWithJSONObject(self, options: []) ?? "[]" }
catch { return "[]" }
}
}


How can I do this?

Answer

A simple way to achieve that is to just extend CollectionType.

Use optional binding and downcasting, then serialize to data, then convert to string.

extension CollectionType where Generator.Element == [String:AnyObject] {
    func toJSONString(options: NSJSONWritingOptions = .PrettyPrinted) -> String {
        if let arr = self as? [[String:AnyObject]],
            let dat = try? NSJSONSerialization.dataWithJSONObject(arr, options: options),
            let str = String(data: dat, encoding: NSUTF8StringEncoding) {
            return str
        }
        return "[]"
    }
}

let arrayOfDictionaries: [[String:AnyObject]] = [
    ["abc":123, "def": "ggg", "xyz": true],
    ["abc":456, "def": "hhh", "xyz": false]
]

print(arrayOfDictionaries.toJSONString())

Output:

[
  {
    "abc" : 123,
    "def" : "ggg",
    "xyz" : true
  },
  {
    "abc" : 456,
    "def" : "hhh",
    "xyz" : false
  }
]
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