jake kara, software engineer ‣ explode-json — serializing JSON to a file structure ░

explode-json — serializing JSON to a file structure

I’m working on a tool to serialize JSON to a folder hierarchy.

Here’s the Python tool on GitHub. It’s still a proof of concept.

Collections, such as lists and arrays, are represented as folders, and their elements are represented as text files. Array element file names are numeric, corresponding to their array index, and object element file names correspond to their key.

Currently this tool works in one direction, and does not merge the folder package back into a single JSON document, but that’s coming.

I also intend to support extending this so that you can selectively determine which entities to split into separate files. This will require some kind of a relative link to any entity that’s been separated out. This will be something like JSON-LD, but with relative paths.

One way I may support extending this system is to accept a custom entity processing function. Another way might be to accept a more narrow function that accepts an entity and returns a boolean if it should be separated out. However, I can image the logic of whether the parent entity might be required in order to make a decision, so I’ll have to give that some more thought.