Ajax Using JSON without eval()

I have repeatedly used Ajax to request a JSON formatted data set from a PHP page and then converted this to a JavaScript object with the following statement:

   eval('JSON = ' + req.responseText);

But lately I've become aware of the hazards of the eval() function.  How can I convert my JSON-formattted text to a JavaScript object without the use of eval()?

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hello ttheimer,

Include json2.js : <script language="javascript" src="json2.js" ></script>
source link is a the end of this page : http://www.json.org/js.html

direct link to json2.js : http://www.json.org/json2.js

And you are able to use JSON.parse
on any browser.

var myObject = JSON.parse( req.responseText );

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On recent browsers you don't need json2.js so you don't need to "include" the source code of the parser and the stringifier
ttheimerAuthor Commented:
Interesting that the JSON.parse method uses the eval() function so it looks like, in the end, there is no way around this.
Thanks for the points!
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