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Randy Boland's Blog:
JavaScript, JSON, and PHP
January 27, 2006 @ 07:27:21

With more and more talk about JSON coming up, there are blog posts like Randy Boland's latest, his brief look at this technology and his it can interact with PHP.

John first mentioned JSON about a month ago, but at the time I had no inclination to look into it and find out if it was something I could use. It came across my radar again today thanks to a Particle Tree article that I never finished reading, but that's not important. The long and short of it is that JSON is really just a fancy name for eval-ing JavaScript objects - one of those "why didn't I think of that" kinds of things.

I talked with one of the guys at work about writing a function in PHP that would take an array and generate the appropriate code, until I came across the (seemingly de facto) "official" JSON page. He's got references there for pretty much every language you'd expect to do web development in (and a few you wouldn't) - including JSON-PHP, which does exactly what I was going to.

He also notes that combined with the power of the Prototype Javascript library, a simple, Web 2.0-ish application can be made in no time flat...

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