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ASP.NET/VB: Get values from JSON

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Using ASP.NET/VB, how can I get values from JSON?  In this example, I want "abc" to be returned.
<%@ Page Language="VB"%>
<%

Dim data As String = "{""total_rows"":1,""offset"":0,""rows"":[ {""id"":""abc"",""key"":""abc"",""value"":{""rev"":""1-967a00dff5e02add41819138abb3284d""}} ]}"

HttpContext.Current.Response.Write(data.rows.id)

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2 ways I can think of (I believe there are more, depending on the framework version you're using, I'm still on 4)

1) download Newtonsoft.Json dll with nuget (http://nuget.org/packages/Newtonsoft.Json ) or here: http://json.codeplex.com/ and add a reference to your project.

my actual markup is different but should be something like this:
<%@ Page Language="VB"%>
<%@ Import Namespace="Newtonsoft.Json.Linq" %>
<%

Dim data As String = "{""total_rows"":1,""offset"":0,""rows"":[ {""id"":""abc"",""key"":""abc"",""value"":{""rev"":""1-967a00dff5e02add41819138abb3284d""}} ]}"

Dim objJSON As JObject = JObject.Parse(data)
Dim firstRow As JToken = objJSON.SelectToken("rows").First()

HttpContext.Current.Response.Write(firstRow("id").ToString())

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2) define classes for your objects and use JavaScriptSerialiser (here I did it in code-behind file Alternative.aspx.vb):
Imports System.Web.Script.Serialization

Public Class Alternative
    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

    Dim obj As ResultRows

    Protected Sub Page_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
        Dim data As String = "{""total_rows"":1,""offset"":0,""rows"":[ {""id"":""abc"",""key"":""abc"",""value"":{""rev"":""1-967a00dff5e02add41819138abb3284d""}} ]}"

        Dim jsd As New JavaScriptSerializer
        obj = jsd.Deserialize(Of ResultRows)(data)

        Response.Write("alternative: " & obj.rows(0).id)

    End Sub

End Class

Public Class ResultRows
    Public total_rows As Integer
    Public offset As Integer
    Public rows() As ResultRow
End Class

Public Class ResultRow
    Public id As String
    Public key As String
    Public value As ResultRevObject
End Class

Public Class ResultRevObject
    Public rev As String
End Class

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If you have a lot of JSON data, you should consider the fastJSON library.  Its performance figures against the competitors are impressive.
http://fastjson.codeplex.com/
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