user2363025 user2363025 - 6 months ago 8
PHP Question

Convert a string to JSON object php

I have the following result from an sql query:

{"Coords":[
{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.277720488429026","Longitude":"-9.012038778269686","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)"},
{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.277720488429026","Longitude":"-9.012038778269686","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)"},
{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27770755361785","Longitude":"-9.011979642121824","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:09 GMT+0100 (IST)"},
{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27769091555766","Longitude":"-9.012051410095722","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:17 GMT+0100 (IST)"},
{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27769091555766","Longitude":"-9.012051410095722","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:17 GMT+0100 (IST)"}
]
}


It is currently a string in php, is there an easy way to convert this to a JSON object (I know it's already in JSON form).

I need it to be an object so I can add an extra item/element/object like what coords already is

EDIT: SORRY GUYS, I PASTED AN OLD/WRONG STRING!

Answer

What @deceze said is correct, it seems that your JSON is malformed, try this:

{
    "Coords": [{
        "Accuracy": "30",
        "Latitude": "53.2778273",
        "Longitude": "-9.0121648",
        "Timestamp": "Fri Jun 28 2013 11:43:57 GMT+0100 (IST)"
    }, {
        "Accuracy": "30",
        "Latitude": "53.2778273",
        "Longitude": "-9.0121648",
        "Timestamp": "Fri Jun 28 2013 11:43:57 GMT+0100 (IST)"
    }, {
        "Accuracy": "30",
        "Latitude": "53.2778273",
        "Longitude": "-9.0121648",
        "Timestamp": "Fri Jun 28 2013 11:43:57 GMT+0100 (IST)"
    }, {
        "Accuracy": "30",
        "Latitude": "53.2778339",
        "Longitude": "-9.0121466",
        "Timestamp": "Fri Jun 28 2013 11:45:54 GMT+0100 (IST)"
    }, {
        "Accuracy": "30",
        "Latitude": "53.2778159",
        "Longitude": "-9.0121201",
        "Timestamp": "Fri Jun 28 2013 11:45:58 GMT+0100 (IST)"
    }]
}

Use json_decode($string) to convert String into Array/Object (stdClass): http://php.net/manual/en/function.json-decode.php

[edited]

I did not understand What do you mean by "an official JSON object", but suppose you want to add content to json via PHP and then converts it right back to JSON?

assuming you have the following variable:

$data = '{"Coords":[{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.277720488429026","Longitude":"-9.012038778269686","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.277720488429026","Longitude":"-9.012038778269686","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27770755361785","Longitude":"-9.011979642121824","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:09 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27769091555766","Longitude":"-9.012051410095722","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:17 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27769091555766","Longitude":"-9.012051410095722","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:17 GMT+0100 (IST)"}]}';

You should convert it to Array/Object (stdClass):

$manage = json_decode($data);

But working with stdClass is more complicated than PHP-Array, then try this:

$manage = (array) json_decode($data);

this way you can use array functions: http://php.net/manual/en/function.array.php

adding an item:

$manage = (array) json_decode($data);

echo 'Before: <br>';
print_r($manage);

$manage['Coords'][] = Array(
    'Accuracy' => '90'
    'Latitude' => '53.277720488429026'
    'Longitude' => '-9.012038778269686'
    'Timestamp' => 'Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)'
);

echo '<br>After: <br>';
print_r($manage);

remove first item:

$manage = (array) json_decode($data);
echo 'Before: <br>';
print_r($manage);
array_shift($manage['Coords']);
echo '<br>After: <br>';
print_r($manage);

any chance you want to save to json to a database or a file:

$data = '{"Coords":[{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.277720488429026","Longitude":"-9.012038778269686","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.277720488429026","Longitude":"-9.012038778269686","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27770755361785","Longitude":"-9.011979642121824","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:09 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27769091555766","Longitude":"-9.012051410095722","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:17 GMT+0100 (IST)"},{"Accuracy":"65","Latitude":"53.27769091555766","Longitude":"-9.012051410095722","Timestamp":"Fri Jul 05 2013 12:02:17 GMT+0100 (IST)"}]}';

$manage = (array) json_decode($data);

$manage['Coords'][] = Array(
    'Accuracy' => '90'
    'Latitude' => '53.277720488429026'
    'Longitude' => '-9.012038778269686'
    'Timestamp' => 'Fri Jul 05 2013 11:59:34 GMT+0100 (IST)'
);

if(($id = fopen('datafile.txt','w'))){
    fwrite($id,json_encode($manage));
    fclose($id);
}

I hope I have understood your question.

Good luck.