[Purdue-pm] reading JSON with different programming languages

Bradley Andersen bradley.d.andersen at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 10:39:26 PDT 2014

maybe i am missing something, but, according to http://jsonlint.com/,
http://www.csociety.org/~kearneyd/tmp/purduepm_json_challenge_1.json is
valid json ...

On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM, derrick <derrick at csociety.org> wrote:

> Wow, I think I really messed this one up!
> I was working on the first part of the challenge problem this weekend and
> had a huge brain fart. I need your help to getting this sample json file
> cleaned up.
> In our last meeting we learned about the JSON file format. I created the
> sample json file I wanted to use for the first part of the challenge, but I
> accidentally mixed up some of values while I was writing the file. To make
> things worst, my favorite text editor mysteriously now opens json files in
> read only mode, so I can't just go in and fix it by hand (ugh, technology).
> I uploaded the file here:
> http://www.csociety.org/~kearneyd/tmp/purduepm_json_challenge_1.json
> While I sort things out with my system, if you have a bit of extra time,
> can you write a program that will do the following:
> 1) Read and Parse the JSON file.
> Read the json file into memory and parse it into data structures that best
> fit the programming language you are using. There are 6 data types you need
> to worry about:
> Primitive Types:
> * null
> * booleans
> * strings
> * numbers
> Structured Types:
> * arrays
> * objects
> More information about the json file format can be found here:
> http://json.org/
> The file represents a dictionary, or hash table, or associative array.
> There is probably a library available in your programming language, you
> can use to quickly read and parse the file. The json.org website has a
> list of some libraries for popular programming languages.
> After parsing the file into your language's data structures, you should
> print the values stored in the data structures to stdout or another file to
> make sure you are reading the data properly. don't just print the file
> after reading it.
> 2) Fix the JSON file and write it back to disk.
> Here is where it gets tricky. Even though the json file was syntactically
> correct, I made some mistakes in the data that is stored in it. Here is a
> summary of what I wanted for each key in the dictionary :
> * null_value should be a json NULL or None value, not a string.
> * boolean_true should be a json true value, not false
> * boolean_false should be a json false value, not true
> * integer_number should be the integer representation of its current
> value, not the floating point representation (ie 3)
> * number_examples -> "not a number" should not even be in the dictionary,
> lets remove it.
> * in "array", the string "value5" should read "value4" to match "key4"
> Can you write a program to make these specific changes? Don't forget to
> comment your code. If you find an interesting way of addressing elements
> inside of the structure, please highlight that in your code. For example,
> how would you find the value for "key4" in the file? If there were multiple
> dictionary keys named "key4" in the file, how could you make sure you were
> addressing the correct one?
> The data in the outputted file should look something like like this:
> {
>     "null_value": null,
>     "boolean_true": true,
>     "boolean_false": false,
>     "string": "this is my string.",
>     "integer_number": 3,
>     "number_examples": {
>         "positive integer": 9,
>         "negative integer": -1,
>         "float": 2.3,
>         "positive_exponent": 4.35e+58,
>         "negative_exponent": 4.3508e-93
>     },
>     "array": [true,null,["value3"],{"key4":"value4"}]
> }
> Note that the order of the keys (null_value, boolean_true, boolean_false,
> ...) does not matter since the pairs of a json object are unordered.
> We'll discuss how to perform these actions in the different programming
> languages people chose to use in the next meeting on May 20, 2014.
> Thanks,
> dsk
> On 04/15/2014 02:30 PM, Mark Senn wrote:
>> Derrick Kearney is going to prepare some JSON and the following people
>> will talk and/or write about how they read it with the following
>> programming languages before or at the Purdue Perl Mongers meeting on
>> May 20, 2014.  Send email to markiest at purdue.edu (remove "iest" from
>> the email address) with any corrections or additions to the below list.
>> Mathematica    Mark Senn
>> Perl           Dave Jacoby
>> PHP            Chris Orr
>> pro            Mark Senn
>> Python         Joe Kline
>> Ruby           Rick Westerman
>> Mark Senn, Systems Programmer, Engineering Computer Network, Purdue
>> University
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