JSONPAth expression tester

I am reading about JSONPath script from th efollowing site


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So I went to the JSON tester site


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and entered the following into the JSON Data seciont

{ "identification" : "AlphaBeta" }

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Then I entered the following into the JSON Expression section:


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That resulted in the following in the 'Results' section:


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My question:  Why does it place a begining bracket '[', and a closing bracket '].

Why doesnt it just report the following:


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Anthony LuciaAsked:
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Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistCommented:
I'm no expert on that jsonPath but it seems like the result can be a set of matches.
I mean, your "query" can have multiple result, that's why the result is a collection.

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Alexandre SimõesManager / Technology SpecialistCommented:
Although you don't need to use fancy libraries for this specific case you're doing.
For your JSON object you can simply do:
var json = { "identification" : "AlphaBeta" };

// get identification
var option1 = json.identification;    // returns: AlphaBeta
var option2 = json['identification']; // returns: AlphaBeta

// if you ask for a property that doesn't exist you'll get undefined
var option1 = json.name;    // returns: undefined
var option2 = json['name']; // returns: undefined

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