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C# Parsing from a string with no delimers.

Posted on 2016-09-16
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Last Modified: 2016-09-16
I am using c# and DotNetOpenAuth for the Auth2

I looking for recommendations on how parse this return string from company using REST API

The return string is {"Clean":true,"SetDefault":true,"SetReply":true,"Signatures":[{"Name":"Mahar Default","HTML":"&nbsp;\r\n<div><table>... Some Table Stuff ....</table>\r\n&nbsp;","Text":" Some Text Stuff\r\n","DefaultNew":true,"DefaultReply":false},{"Name":"Mahar Default Reply","HTML":"&nbsp;\r\n<div><table>... Some Table Stuff ....</table>\r\n&nbsp;","Text":" Some Text Stuff\r\n","DefaultNew":false,"DefaultReply":true}],"Images":[{"Url":"Images/Get/N443/P4","Name":"P4"},{"Url":"Images/Get?account=N443&image=i3&extension=jpg","Name":"i3.jpg"},{"Url":"","Name":"Images-Get-N443-i3.jpg"},{"Url":"","Name":"Images-Get-N443-i1.jpg"}]}

Broken up it looks like this.
    {"Name":"Mahar Default",
     "HTML":"&nbsp;\r\n<div><table>... Some Table Stuff ....</table>\r\n&nbsp;",
     "Text":" Some Text Stuff\r\n",
    { "Name":"Mahar Default Reply",
     "HTML":"&nbsp;\r\n<div><table>... Some Table Stuff ....</table>\r\n&nbsp;",
     "Text":" Some Text Stuff\r\n","DefaultNew":false,

How would you parse this string in C#?

Here is the only thing provided by the company.

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zephyr_hex (Megan) earned 2000 total points
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That is a JSON string.  
If you want a dynamic object, you can just deserialize the JSON string using JsonConvert.DeserializeObject();

Here is an example of that:

Or, better yet, you could convert it to a typed class and parse it.  Here's an online tool that helps with how your class should be structured (just paste your JSON in there):

So, your code would like something like the following:

classes generated by the converter I linked above:
public class Signature
    public string Name { get; set; }
    public string HTML { get; set; }
    public string Text { get; set; }
    public bool DefaultNew { get; set; }
    public bool DefaultReply { get; set; }

public class Image
    public string Url { get; set; }
    public string Name { get; set; }

public class RootObject
    public bool Clean { get; set; }
    public bool SetDefault { get; set; }
    public bool SetReply { get; set; }
    public List<Signature> Signatures { get; set; }
    public List<Image> Images { get; set; }

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then, to use the classes (where data is your json string):

RootObject publicFeed = new RootObject();

using (StreamReader reader = new StreamReader(response.GetResponseStream()))
    data = reader.ReadToEnd();
    publicFeed = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<RootObject>(data); 

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There's more on the topic here:

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Thanks.. This is new to me..  I have some reading to do..

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