Class wwJsonSerializer

This class can serialize FoxPro objects, values, collections and cursors to JSON and deserialize JSON strings into FoxPro objects, values or collections. Arrays are supported only as members of objects - all lists should be expressed preferably as Collections.

The serializer supports complex nested structures and can also serialize (but not deserialize) FoxPro tables and cursors by way of a custom string syntax (cursor:AliasName). Objects returned are created dynamically on the fly with all arrays parsed into FoxPro collections.

To serialize:

do wwJsonSerializer
loSer = CREATEOBJECT("wwJsonSerializer")
lcJson = loSer.Serialize(loObject)  && Objects, Values, Collections

You can also serialize cursors:

select * from customers into TCustomers
lcJson = loSer.Serialize("cursor:TCustomers")  && Tables/Cursors

Note: Cursors generate as collections and do not round trip. You can use CollectionToCursor() to convert JSON collections back into a cursor.

To de-serialize:

loObject = loSer.DeserializeJson(lcJson)  && JSON Objects, Values, Arrays 
? loObject.Value

Here's an example that demonstrates how wwJsonSerializer works when round-tripping data:

lcJson = '{ "id": 50445, "message": "Whooo hooo", ' +;
            "status": 10 , "entered": "2018-11-21T23:10:10Z", ' +;
            "address": { "street": "123 Timber Ln", "number": 32 } }'

loSer = CREATEOBJECT("wwJsonSerializer")
loResult = loSer.DeserializeJson(lcJson)

? loResult.Id       && 50444
? loResult.entered  && 11/21/2018 03:10 PM (local time)

? loSer.Serialize(loResult,.T.)

The code takes in a JSON string converts it to an object and then turns around and turns it back into formatted JSON which looks like this (formatted because of the .T. parameter):

  "address": {
    "number": 32,
    "street": "123 Timber Ln"
  "entered": "2018-11-21T23:10:10Z",
  "id": 50445,
  "message": "Whooo hooo",
  "status": 10

Class Members



Deserializes a JSON string into a FoxPro value, object or wwCollection instance for arrays. This method uses .NET and the JSON.NET library.

Objects are created as new instances of EMPTY objects and passed back. Arrays are passed back as FoxPro Collection objects.



o.DeserializeCursor(lcJson, lcReadWriteCursor)






o.Serialize(lvValue, llFormat)


If set to .T. assumes that all dates in the data structure passed are UTC dates and the dates are not time adjusted for UTC time.


When .T. causes the output to be pretty formatted with indentations for each object level.

This flag affects the behavior of the Serialize() method.




Property name filter applied to properties that are dynamically created by the deserializer. Strips out invalid characters for FoxPro variable names.

Defaults to all alpha-numeric characters and _.

This property is internally set and generally you shouldn't mess with this value.



If .T. trims all string values removing trailing spaces to minimize payload size on the wire.


DO wwJsonSerializer && Load libs

*** Create a complex object
loCust = CREATEOBJECT("Empty")

*** Create a nested object
ADDPROPERTY(loCust,"Address", CREATEOBJECT("Empty"))
ADDPROPERTY(loCust.Address,"Street","32 Kaiea Place")

loSer = CREATEOBJECT("wwJsonSerializer")

*** Serialize into JSON
lcJson =  loSer.Serialize(loCust)

? lcJson
*{"address":{"street":"32 Kaiea Place"},"entered":"2012-05-12T03:55:35Z","name":"Rick"}

*** read back from JSON into an object
loCust2 = loSer.DeserializeJson(lcJson)

? loCust2.Name
? loCust2.Entered
? loCust2.Address.Street
? loCust2.Address.Number

You can also serialize cursors:

select * from customers ;
    into cursor TCustomers ;
    order by company

lcJson = loSer.Serialize("cursor:TCustomers")


Assembly: wwjsonserializer.prg wwDotnetBridge.prg wwutils.prg wwapi.prg wwcollections.prg wwDotnetBridge.dll newtonsoft.json.dll

See also:

Class wwDynamic

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