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Playing with Play2.2-SNAPSHOT SCALA JSON API Stand-alone (until Play2.2 is released)

In a very recent Pull Request, play-json has been modularized in Play2.2-SNAPSHOT master as play-iteratees.

It means:

  • You can take Play2.1 Scala Json API as a stand-alone library and keep using Json philosophy promoted by Play Framework anywhere.
  • play-json module is stand-alone in terms of dependencies but is a part & parcel of Play2.2 so it will evolve and follow Play2.x releases (and following versions) always ensuring full compatibility with play ecosystem.
  • play-json module has 3 ultra lightweight dependencies:
    • play-functional,
    • play-datacommons
    • play-iteratees

These are pure Scala generic pieces of code from Play framework so no Netty or whatever dependencies in it.
You can then import play-json in your project without any fear of bringing unwanted deps.

play-json will be released with future Play2.2 certainly so meanwhile, I provide a build published in my Maven Github repository.
Even if the version is SNAPSHOT, be aware that this is the version released in Play2.1.0.
This API has reached a good stability level. Enhancements and bug corrections will be brought to it but it's production-ready right now.

Adding play-json 2.2-SNAPSHOT in your dependencies

In your Build.scala, add:

import sbt._
import Keys._

object ApplicationBuild extends Build {

  val mandubianRepo = Seq(
    "Mandubian repository snapshots" at "https://github.com/mandubian/mandubian-mvn/raw/master/snapshots/",
    "Mandubian repository releases" at "https://github.com/mandubian/mandubian-mvn/raw/master/releases/"
  )

  lazy val playJsonAlone = Project(
    BuildSettings.buildName, file("."),
    settings = BuildSettings.buildSettings ++ Seq(
      resolvers ++= mandubianRepo,
      libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
        "play"        %% "play-json" % "2.2-SNAPSHOT",
        "org.specs2"  %% "specs2" % "1.13" % "test",
        "junit"        % "junit" % "4.8" % "test"
      )
    )
  )
}

Using play-json 2.2-SNAPSHOT in your code:

Just import the following and get everything from Play2.1 Json API:

import play.api.libs.json._
import play.api.libs.functional._

case class EucalyptusTree(col:Int, row: Int)

object EucalyptusTree{
  implicit val fmt = Json.format[EucalyptusTree]
}

case class Koala(name: String, home: EucalyptusTree)

object Koala{
  implicit val fmt = Json.format[Koala]
}
  
val kaylee = Koala("kaylee", EucalyptusTree(10, 23))

println(Json.prettyPrint(Json.toJson(kaylee)))

Json.fromJson[Koala](
  Json.obj(
    "name" -> "kaylee", 
    "home" -> Json.obj(
      "col" -> 10, 
      "row" -> 23
    )
)

Using play-json, you can get some bits of Play Framework pure Web philosophy.
Naturally, to unleash its full power, don't hesitate to dive into Play Framework and discover 100% full Web Reactive Stack ;)

Thanks a lot to Play Framework team for promoting play-json as stand-alone module!
Lots of interesting features incoming soon ;)

Have fun!