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How do I extract data from a stream to specific fields

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I have a program that queries a web URL and returns the data that is currently displayed in a label. The raw data is in the form of:

  "field_1":"Result_text",
  "field_2":"Result_text",
  "Field_3":"Result_text",
for a total of 14 lines. Every query will always be formatted the same, with the results different.

I'm reading the result using:

Dim stream_reader As New IO.StreamReader(response)
 Label1.Text = stream_reader.ReadToEnd()

I'm looking to extract the "Result_Text" to populate different labels.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Question by:dschreff
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by:bansidhar
ID: 34994903
try this. not much error handling is implemented

Private Function getFieldValue(ByVal ReceivedString As String) As Dictionary(Of String, String)
        Dim fieldValues As New Dictionary(Of String, String)
        Dim lst() As String = ReceivedString.Split(",")
        For i As Integer = 0 To lst.Length - 1
            Dim fvstr As String = lst(i).Trim
            If fvstr <> "" Then
                Dim fv() As String = fvstr.Split(":")
                Dim field As String = fv(0).Trim("""")
                If fieldValues.ContainsKey(field) Then fieldValues.Item(field) = fv(1).Trim("""") Else fieldValues.Add(field, fv(1).Trim(""""))
            End If
        Next
        Return fieldValues
    End Function

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by:robasta
ID: 34994930
data = stream_reader.ReadToEnd()
            string[] arr = data.Split(',');
            string[] labelText = new string[13];//use number of fields
            int i = 0;
           
            foreach (string item in arr)
            {
                string[] itemArr = item.Split(':');
                labelText[i]  = itemArr[0].Replace('"', ' ').Trim();
                i++;
            }


            Label1.Text = labelText[0];
            Label2.Text = labelText[1];
            Label3.Text = labelText[2];
            Label4.Text = labelText[3];
            //etc.

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-you may need to


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by:robasta
ID: 34994944
ooopsy, ive converted to VB:
data = stream_reader.ReadToEnd()
Dim arr As String() = data.Split(","C)
Dim labelText As String() = New String(12) {}
'use number of fields
Dim i As Integer = 0

For Each item As String In arr
	Dim itemArr As String() = item.Split(":"C)
	labelText(i) = itemArr(0).Replace(""""C, " "C).Trim()
	i += 1
Next


Label1.Text = labelText(0)
Label2.Text = labelText(1)
Label3.Text = labelText(2)
Label4.Text = labelText(3)
'etc.

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by:Dhaest
ID: 34994964
So I assume that you have everything read into a string and that you want everything into a label (which are numbered)



Dim stream_reader As New IO.StreamReader(response)
dim responseString as string = stream_reader.ReadToEnd()


        Dim splitResponse As String() = responseString.Replace(",", "").Replace("""", "").Split(vbCrLf)

        Dim i As Integer

        For i = 0 To 14
            Me.Controls("label" & i + 1).Text = splitResponse(i).Split(":")(1)
        Next i

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by:dschreff
ID: 35000715
I am using the code from Dhaest, but am having a problem. When executed, it gives the error of "index was outside the bounds of the array". I think it may be caused by an addition of a line to the data that is being grabbed. It not looks like this:

127.0.0.1 ({
  "field_1":"Result_text",
  "field_2":"Result_text",
  "Field_3":"Result_text",

When executed, My result shows 127.0.0.1({ Result_text where I just want the "result_text".

Thanks again for your help
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by:Dhaest
ID: 35004623
Can you post the complete string that you retrieved, because I worked with the following (see below):
But you're string is something bigger

Perhaps you just want to start after {

try the following:

Dim stream_reader As New IO.StreamReader(response)
dim responseString as string = stream_reader.ReadToEnd()

responseString = responseString.Substring(responseString.IndexOf("{") + 1)
Dim responseString = """field_1"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_2"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_3"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_4"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_5"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_6"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_7"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_8"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_9"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_10"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_11"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_12"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_13"":""Result_text"",""" & vbCrLf
        responseString += """field_14"":""Result_text"","""

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by:dschreff
ID: 35012178
The string received shows IP address location. For something that should be straight forward I'm pulling out what hair I have. I just want to show the results (i.e. city state etc) as labels so it's clean on the form.

geoPlugin({
  "geoplugin_city":"city",
  "geoplugin_region":"state",
  "geoplugin_areaCode":"570",
  "geoplugin_dmaCode":"574",
  "geoplugin_countryCode":"US",
  "geoplugin_countryName":"United States",
  "geoplugin_continentCode":"NA",
  "geoplugin_latitude":"40.791199",
  "geoplugin_longitude":"-77.874603",
  "geoplugin_regionCode":"PA",
  "geoplugin_regionName":"Pennsylvania",
  "geoplugin_currencyCode":"USD",
  "geoplugin_currencySymbol":"&#36;",
  "geoplugin_currencyConverter":1
})

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by:bansidhar
ID: 35014495
try this, you will get a dictionary populated

Private Function getParsedData(ByVal stringData As String) As Dictionary(Of String, String)
        Dim dict As New Dictionary(Of String, String)
        Dim mm As System.Text.RegularExpressions.Match = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Match(stringData, "\({(.*)}\)", System.Text.RegularExpressions.RegexOptions.Singleline)
        If mm.Success Then
            Dim m() As String = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Split(stringData, "\({(.*)}\)", System.Text.RegularExpressions.RegexOptions.Singleline)
            Dim v() As String = System.Text.RegularExpressions.Regex.Split(m(1).Trim, "(""[^""]*"":""?[^""]*""?)", System.Text.RegularExpressions.RegexOptions.Singleline)
            For i As Integer = 0 To v.Length - 1
                If v(i).Trim(",").Trim <> "" Then
                    Dim fv() As String = v(i).Split(":")    'Just to avoid out of index for items without values
                    ReDim Preserve fv(1)
                    Dim _key As String = fv(0).Trim("""")
                    Dim _val As String = fv(1).Trim("""")
                    If dict.ContainsKey(_key) Then dict.Item(_key) = _val Else dict.Add(_key, _val)
                End If
            Next
        End If
        Return dict
    End Function

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Dhaest earned 250 total points
ID: 35014845
I tried it with your example ...

        Dim responseString As String = "geoPlugin({"
        responseString += """geoplugin_city"":""city"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_region"":""state"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_areaCode"":""570"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_dmaCode"":""574"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_countryCode"":""US"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_countryName"":""United States"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_continentCode"":""NA"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_latitude"":""40.791199"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_longitude"":""-77.874603"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_regionCode"":""PA"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_regionName"":""Pennsylvania"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_currencyCode"":""USD"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_currencySymbol"":""&#36;"","
        responseString += """geoplugin_currencyConverter"":1"
        responseString += "})"

Dim stream_reader As New IO.StreamReader(response)
dim responseString as string = stream_reader.ReadToEnd()


        responseString = responseString.Substring(responseString.IndexOf("{") + 1, responseString.IndexOf("}") - responseString.IndexOf("{") - 1)
        Dim splitResponse As String() = responseString.Replace("""", "").Split(",")


        Dim i As Integer

        For i = 0 To 14
            Me.Controls("label" & i + 1).Text = splitResponse(i).Split(":")(1)
        Next i

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by:dschreff
ID: 35015165
Just what I needed, thank you!
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