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Nested JSON or XML from multiple arrays

Post by Gsand » 12 Dec 2017, 19:44

Is there a way to create a nested JSON or XML from a couple of Arrays?

For example one array is [Name] = Bob, Jim, Berry
and another is [Age] = 42, 25, 37

and convert that into something like

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  "person": [
      "Name": "Bob",
      "Age": "42"
      "Name": "Jim",
      "Age": "25"
      "Name": "Berry",
      "Age": "37"
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Re: Nested JSON or XML from multiple arrays

Post by lerou » 13 Dec 2017, 08:21


write a C# script and use json serialization.


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Re: Nested JSON or XML from multiple arrays

Post by stephen » 13 Dec 2017, 15:41

Hi Greg,

like Rou already mentioned, it is best solved with a Script Node. You can start with something like the attached code.

It can replace the Validate Method of a Script.
This uses the JavaScriptSerializer class of the .NET Framework that is located in the System.Web.Extensions assembly - add that to the GAC Assemblies of the Script.

The idea is to build a structure of Lists or Dictionaries with help classes as needed for the wanted JSON-Structure. In this case it is a List of Person-Objects whose class is declared in the Script.

A sample scene is attached (created in Version 5.3.5).


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// This Method is called if an input property has changed its value
    public override void Validate()
		// Remember: set changed to true if any of the output 
		// properties has been changed, see Generate()
		var json = new System.Web.Script.Serialization.JavaScriptSerializer();
		var personlist = new System.Collections.Generic.List<Person>();
		for(int i = 0; i < Math.Min(IntArray1.Length, StringArray1.Length); i++)
			personlist.Add(new Person()
				{Age = IntArray1[i],
					Name = StringArray1[i]
		String1 = json.Serialize(personlist);
		changed = true;
	private class Person
		public int Age {get;set;}
		public string Name{get;set;}
Sample Input:

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IntegerArray1: "21, 22, 20, 12"
StringArray1: "Ben, Boy, Bill, Bruce"
Output of the Script:

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