1959Stripping comments from JSON.
- May 25, 2013Hi,
THERE ARE NO COMMENTS IN JSON. I DO KNOW.
With that out of the way, it's perfectly valid for someone to generate a
textfile which, when passed through, say, the C preprocessor, comes out as
valid JSON. It'll strip comments and leave a neat, tidy block of JSON.
So, I have this function, which is 16 lines of ANSI C, which implements
Kyle Simpson's JSON minify routine. Lo and behold, one could use this
extremely fast routine in place of a call to CPP and get the same results!
Commented textfiles (read: config files), yay!
In code use, you'd need to go:
1. Load textfile. (as one text string)
2. Minify. (it's still a text string)
3. Parse JSON. (NOW it's a data structure)
Assuming I do nothing that might conflate 2+3, does it seem acceptable that
I could roll this into an existing JSON library (cJSON is mine)? Or am I
tempting fate? Should I keep it separate, and make it a separate thing that
doesn't have a function name that includes the word JSON (I am currently
slating it as cJSON_Minify)?
TL;DR: Function strips comments from text. Does adding this to a JSON
library make the world a worse place?
Will be very appreciative of any thought/feedback on the matter. Sorry if
this one has come up before and I've not seen the thread.
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