How to parse JSON file using Javascript

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In many technical interview, you would be asked to parse JSON file.

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation. If you’ve ever used a web app, there’s a very good chance that it used JSON to structure, store, and transmit data between its servers and your device.

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JSON objects vs JavaScript Object Literals

Here is the Example of JSON object.

const cityData = '{ "city":"LosAngeles", "state":"california", "zipcode":"09768"}';

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And Here is the example of JSON Object.

const cityData = {
  city: 'LosAngeles',
  state: 'california',
  zipcode: 09768

Fetch API to get JSON data from API endpoint.

  .then(res => res.json()) // the .json() method parses the JSON response into a JS object literal
  .then(data => console.log(data));

JSON arrays vs JavaScript arraysJSON arrays work pretty much the same way as arrays in JavaScript, and can contain strings, booleans, numbers, and other JSON objects. For example:

    "name": "Jane Doe",
    "favorite-game": "Stardew Valley",
    "subscriber": false
    "name": "John Doe",
    "favorite-game": "Dragon Quest XI",
    "subscriber": true

Here's what that might look like in plain JavaScript:

const profiles = [
    name: 'Jane Doe',
    'favorite-game': 'Stardew Valley',
    subscriber: false
    name: 'John Doe',
    'favorite-game': 'Dragon Quest XI',
    subscriber: true

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JSON as a string

For example, when you write JSON in a separate file like with jane-profile.json or profiles.json above, that file actually contains text in the form of a JSON object or array, which happens to look like JavaScript.

And if you make a request to an API, it’ll return something like this:

{"name":"Jane Doe","favorite-game":"Stardew Valley","subscriber":false}

Fortunately, JavaScript includes a super helpful method to do just that – JSON.stringify():

const newJoke = {
  categories: ['dev'],
  value: "Chuck Norris's keyboard is made up entirely of Cmd keys because Chuck Norris is always in command."

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<p>Here are the examples how to parse JSON using Vanilla Javascript.</p>
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<pre class="wp-block-code"><code>&lt;script>
  const txt = '{"name":"John", "age":30, "city":"New York"}'
  const obj = JSON.parse(txt);
  document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = + ", " + obj.age;

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<p>JSON Array Example:</p>
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<pre class="wp-block-code"><code>&lt;script>
  const text = '&#91; "Ford", "BMW", "Audi", "Fiat" ]';
  const myArr = JSON.parse(text);
  document.getElementById("demo").innerHTML = myArr&#91;0];
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