Donald S Chapman Donald S Chapman - 27 days ago 6
Android Question

Load simple JSON file into 2 dimensional Array in Android

Driving myself crazy over the simplest thing. I have a JSON file called config.txt. The file is shown below.
"UsePipesInGuestData": true

All I want to do is get a 2 dimensional array such that:
Array[0] = UsePipesInGuestData and
Array[1] = true

I have been trying for 4 hours with various attempts, my most recent is shown below:
private void getConfig(){
//Function to read the config information from config.txt

FileInputStream is;
BufferedReader reader;

try {
final File configFile = new File(Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory().getPath() + "/guestlink/config.txt");
if (configFile.exists()) {
is = new FileInputStream(configFile);
reader = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(is));
String line = reader.readLine();
while (line != null) {
line = reader.readLine();
if(line!= null) {
line = line.replace("\"", ""); //Strip out Quotes
line = line.replace(" ", ""); //Strip out Spaces

if ((!line.equals("{")) || (!line.equals("}"))) {

} else {
String[] configValue = line.split(":");

switch (configValue[0]) {
case "UsePipesInGuestData":
if (configValue[1].equals("true")) {
sharedPreferences.edit().putString("UsePipes", "true").apply();
} else {
sharedPreferences.edit().putString("UsePipes", "false").apply();
} catch (Exception e) {

I cannot seem to ignore the lines with the { and } in them.

Clearly there MUST be an easier way. JAVA just seems to take an extremely large amount of code to do the simplest thing. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer Source

I believe your condition is incorrect. You try to read the file in the else of the condition (!line.equals("{")) || (!line.equals("}")). Simplifying, your code will run when the following happens:

!(!{ || !}) => { && } (applying De Morgan's law)

This means you will only run your code when the line is "{" AND it is "}" which is a contradiction. Try using simple conditions, like (!line.equals("{")) && (!line.equals("}")) (this is when you want to execute your code).

Additionally, you may be getting end of line characters (\n) in your string, which will make your condition fail ("{\n" != "{"). I suggest you debug and see the actual values you're getting in those lines.