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Converting PHP arrays to a C# Dictionary

, 21 Dec 2011 CPOL
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PHP array to C# Dictionary conversion.

Removed the previous code, it was a totally bad idea and awful code.  Now I'm passing the Json array to Silverlight using json_encode() and using Newtonsoft.Json library with the following simple function: 


  public Dictionary<string, object> Parse(string array)
            Dictionary<string, object> result = new Dictionary<string, object>();
            Newtonsoft.Json.Linq.JObject obj = (Newtonsoft.Json.Linq.JObject)JsonConvert.DeserializeObject(array);
            foreach (KeyValuePair<string, Newtonsoft.Json.Linq.JToken> kvp in obj)
                if (kvp.Value.ToString().Contains('{'))
                    result.Add(kvp.Key, Parse(kvp.Value.ToString().Replace("[", "").Replace("]", "")));
                    result.Add(kvp.Key, kvp.Value.ToString());
            return result;


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QuestionCould't you just use jsonencode? Pin
RedAnthrax_30-Nov-11 13:10
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AnswerRe: Could't you just use jsonencode? Pin
taralex30-Nov-11 16:37
membertaralex30-Nov-11 16:37 
I looked at it briefly and got an impression, that I need to create my objects exactly reflecting the array, to which the jsonDesirializer will then deserialize the data. I also wasn't sure how it would handle multiple nesting of arrays and I wanted it to be a Dictionary, so that I could access PHP array members in the same way as in PHP, by the key. Maybe I just overlooked something, and the json .net library does it all for me, but I couldn't find any examples on the web, and figuring it out by myself would take more time than 2riting my own code.

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