[Python-Dev] Dropping bytes "support" in json

Daniel Stutzbach daniel at stutzbachenterprises.com
Mon Apr 13 18:11:35 CEST 2009

On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 10:06 PM, "Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de>wrote:

> However, I really think that this question cannot be answered by
> reading the RFC. It should be answered by verifying how people use
> the json library in 2.x.

I use the json module in 2.6 to communicate with a C# JSON library and a
JavaScript JSON library.  The C# and JavaScript libraries produce and
consume the equivalent of str, not the equivalent of bytes.

Yes, the data eventually has to go over a socket as bytes, but that's often
handled by a different layer of code.

For JavaScript, data is typically received by via XMLHttpRequest(), which
automatically figures out the encoding from the HTTP headers and/or other
information (defaulting to UTF-8) and returns a str-like object that I pass
to the JavaScript JSON library.

For C#, I wrap the socket in a StreamReader object, which decodes the byte
stream into a string stream (similar to Python's new TextIOWrapper class).

Hope that helps,

Daniel Stutzbach, Ph.D.
President, Stutzbach Enterprises, LLC <http://stutzbachenterprises.com>
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