Deserialize JSON (HAL/HATEOAS) C#

Hi Experts,

I have been given an API to consume. This API follows the HATEOAS paradigm. How do I go about deserializing the below JSON. Am Currently using JSON.NET so if we could have answers with that in mind, that is preferable. If not, I'm open to suggestions.



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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
The documentation for JSON.NET shows you how to deserialize. The only bit you need to tweak is to account for the property names with colons in them. You can overcome this by tagging each affected property with a JsonPropertyAttribute, passing in the name expected to be found in the JSON (i.e. the name with the colons).
chudmarekAuthor Commented:
Ok, that's fine, but what if the _links " {"property":"value"} is dynamic is there any way I can deserialize the property/value combo in _links as a list say, or to a key/value store, Dictionary etc?
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
You could use a dictionary, sure. You'd still have an issue with not knowing what keys are in the dictionary at compile time. Maybe this is of no consequence, though--I don't know your environment.


using System.Collections.Generic;
using Newtonsoft.Json;

namespace _28749279
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            string json = @"{""homepage"":"""",

            Dictionary<string, object> deserialized = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<Dictionary<string, object>>(json);

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The use of object also means you lose type safety.
chudmarekAuthor Commented:
what if i only wanted the contents of the _links as a dictionary, the rest of the json to have their properties intact, like so:

class MyJsonClass
        public string homepage { get; set; }
        public string termsOfUse { get; set; }
        public Dictionary<string,object> _links { get; set; }
käµfm³d 👽Commented:
You could do that.


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