hxjsonast 1.0.1

Type-safe position-aware JSON parsing & printing

Released 2016-09-19.

To install, run:

haxelib install hxjsonast 1.0.1

See using Haxelib in Haxelib documentation for more information.

Current version1.0.1
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hxjsonast - typed position aware JSON parsing for Haxe

This library contains a JSON parser that parses JSON (sic!) into a position-aware typed value objects. It also contains a printer for those objects, supporting pretty-printing.

This is useful for writing all kinds of JSON validation and processing software.

The parsing and printing code comes from standard haxe.format.JsonParser/JsonPrinter classes, adapted to work with custom data structures.


haxelib install hxjsonast


Generated API documentation is here: https://nadako.github.io/hxjsonast/, but a code snippet is worth a thousand words (compile with -lib hxjsonast):

import hxjsonast.*;

class Main {
    static function main() {
        var filename = 'person.json';
        var contents = '{"name": "Dan", "age": 29, "married": true}';

        // parsing is easy!
        var json = hxjsonast.Parser.parse(contents, filename);

        // `pos` store the filename, start and end characters
        trace(json.pos); // {file: 'person.json', min: 0, max: 43}

        // `value` is an enum, easy to work with pattern matching
        switch (json.value) {
            case JNull: trace('null!');
            case JString(string): trace('string!');
            case JBool(bool): trace('boolean!');
            case JNumber(number): trace('number!');
            case JArray(values): trace('array!');
            case JObject(fields): trace('object!');

        // constructing Json is easy too, we just pass position and value to its constructor
        var myJson = new Json(
                new Json(JString("hello"), new Position("some.json", 3, 10)),
                new Json(JString("world"), new Position("other.json", 11, 30)),
            new Position("some.json", 0, 42)

        // with Haxe 3.3, we can also use new fancy @:structInit syntax instead of classic `new` operator, e.g.
        var myJson:Json = {
            pos: {file: "some.json", min: 0, max: 42},
            value: JArray([
                    pos: {file: "some.json", min: 3, max: 10},
                    value: JString("hello"),
                    pos: {file: "other.json", min: 11, max: 30},
                    value: JString("world")

        // printing is easy as well (you can also pretty-print by specifying the second argument)
        var out = hxjsonast.Printer.print(myJson);
        trace(out); // ["hello","world"]

        // there's a tool to convert Json values into "normal" objects and arrays
        var value = hxjsonast.Tools.getValue(myJson);
        trace(Std.is(value, Array)); // true