acidzombie24 acidzombie24 - 4 months ago 15
JSON Question

How do I get formatted json in .NET using C#?

I am using .NET json parser and I would like to serialize my config file so it is readable. So instead of:

{"blah":"v", "blah2":"v2"}


I would like something nicer like:

{
"blah":"v",
"blah2":"v2"
}


My code is something like this:

using System.Web.Script.Serialization;

var ser = new JavaScriptSerializer();
configSz = ser.Serialize(config);
using (var f = (TextWriter)File.CreateText(configFn))
{
f.WriteLine(configSz);
f.Close();
}

Answer

You are going to have a hard time accomplishing this with JavaScriptSerializer.

Try JSON.Net.

With minor modifications from JSON.Net example

using System;
using Newtonsoft.Json;

namespace JsonPrettyPrint
{
    internal class Program
    {
        private static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            Product product = new Product
                {
                    Name = "Apple",
                    Expiry = new DateTime(2008, 12, 28),
                    Price = 3.99M,
                    Sizes = new[] { "Small", "Medium", "Large" }
                };

            string json = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(product, Formatting.Indented);
            Console.WriteLine(json);

            Product deserializedProduct = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<Product>(json);
        }
    }

    internal class Product
    {
        public String[] Sizes { get; set; }
        public decimal Price { get; set; }
        public DateTime Expiry { get; set; }
        public string Name { get; set; }
    }
}

Results

{
  "Sizes": [
    "Small",
    "Medium",
    "Large"
  ],
  "Price": 3.99,
  "Expiry": "\/Date(1230447600000-0700)\/",
  "Name": "Apple"
}

Documentation: Serialize an Object