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JSON (with dates)

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An extension of json: but one that (naively) handles dates.


You can use pip. (Note that it uses setuptools)

pip install jsond

To also install development tools use:

pip install jsond[dev]
# or
pip install -e .[dev]

Simple Usage

I have a date.

>>> import datetime
>>> my_date = datetime.datetime(2011, 3, 15, 0, 0, 0)

Standard json doesn't deal with dates :(

>>> import json
>>> json.dumps(my_date)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/json/", line 243, in dumps
    return _default_encoder.encode(obj)
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/json/", line 207, in encode
    chunks = self.iterencode(o, _one_shot=True)
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/json/", line 270, in iterencode
    return _iterencode(o, 0)
  File "/System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/json/", line 184, in default
    raise TypeError(repr(o) + " is not JSON serializable")
TypeError: datetime.datetime(2011, 3, 15, 0, 0) is not JSON serializable

But jsond will handle it

>>> import jsond
>>> jsond.dumps(my_date)

And we can pull the date back as well.

>>> jsond.loads('"datetime:2011-03-15T00:00:00"')
datetime.datetime(2011, 3, 15, 0, 0)
>>> date2 = jsond.loads('"datetime:2011-03-15T00:00:00"')
>>> type(date2)
<type 'datetime.datetime'>
>>> date2 == my_date
>>> date2
datetime.datetime(2011, 3, 15, 0, 0)

Also, jsond will produce output that won't break json. (Though of course, you'll get a string rather than a datetime object.)

>>> enc = jsond.dumps(my_date)
>>> json.loads(enc)

Other usage

Often message-processing systems will use json internally to serialise messages.

But that means that dates can't (easily) be used.

To help with this, we provide two functions: from_json_serialisable_object and to_json_serialisable_object.

For those who prefer spelling serialise with a 'z', there are two 'alias' functions for convenience.

  • from_json_serializable_object -> from_json_serialisable_object
  • to_json_serializable_object -> to_json_serialisable_object
def handle_message(original_message):
    # At this stage original_message will be a dict, list etc, but it won't
    # have any datetime objects as it was json-serialisable.
    # We might have prepared it earlier with jsond.dumps, but that means that
    # we have 'datetime:...' string instead of datetime objects.
    message = jsond.from_json_serialisable_object(original_message)

    # message will now have datetime objects
    # We can do whatever processing we want.

    # Now we have to put message back on the queue. We have to output an
    # object that the broker will put back onto the queue etc.
    # So we can't have datetime objects. But we want to output an object
    # (not an encoded string).
    new_message = jsond.to_json_serialisable_object(message)

    # Now we can output/emit/etc new_message.
    return new_message

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