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From Nils Breunese <>
Subject Re: _update, XML, and POST
Date Fri, 14 May 2010 13:54:30 GMT
Cory Zue wrote:

> On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 12:40 PM, Nils Breunese<>  wrote:
>> Cory Zue wrote:
>> Actually I'm not really surprised, since XML is a more complex data
>> format than JSON, so there is no true 1-to-1 mapping. Consider XML
>> attributes and elements for instance. Initially you might think mapping
>> them to JSON name/value pairs is a good idea, but attributes and
>> elements can have the same name:
>> <person problem="yes">
>>   <problem>This is a problem.</problem>
>>   <name>Nils</name>
>> </person>
>> How would you represent this in JSON? You might prefix attributes with
>> underscores or something, but it starts getting clunky fast.
> I was thinking of the xsd way of dealing with this by prefixing
> attributes with "@", which in your case would look like:
> {
>   "@problem": "yes"
>   "type": "person",
>   "problem": "This is a problem.",
>   "name": "Nils"
> }

Yeah, you could use an "@" instead of an underscore, but that still
wouldn't get you the above I guess. I think you'd get a nested structure
like this:

   "person": {
     "@problem": "yes",
     "problem": "This is a problem.",
     "name": "Nils"

So I'd prefer a custom transformation myself anyway.


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