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README

= libjson README =

libjson is a simple library without any dependancies to parse and pretty print
the json format (RFC4627). The JSON format is a concise and structured data
format.

libjson parser is an interruptible handcoded state parse. the parser takes
character or string as input. Since it's interruptible, it's up to the
user to feed the stream to the parser, which permits complete flexibility
as to whether the data is coming from a pipe, a network socket, a file on disk,
a serial line, or crafted by the user.

The parser doesn't create an object tree for you, but each time it comes up
with an element in this data, it just callback to the user with the type found and
for some type, the data associated with it. it can be compared to the SAX way of XML,
hence it's called SAJ (Simple API for JSon).

The parser doesn't convert number to any native C format, but instead callback
with a string that is a valid JSon number. JSon number can be of any size,
so that's up to user to decide whetever or not, the number can map to native C type
int32_t, int64_t, or a complex integer type. As well the user has a choice to
refuse the integer at the callback stage if the length is not appropriate.

The parser optionally allows YAML and/or C comments to be ignored if the config
structure is set accordingly, otherwise a JSON_ERROR_COMMENT_NOT_ALLOWED is returned.

the parser API is really simple, totaling only 5 API calls:

* json_parser_init
* json_parser_char
* json_parser_string
* json_parser_is_done
* json_parser_free

json_parser_init initializes a new parser context from a parser config and
takes a callback + userdata. This callback function is used everything the
parser need to communicate a type and value to the client side of the library.

json_parser_char take one character and inject it in the parser. on parsing
success it will return a 0 value, but on parsing error it returns a parsing
error that represents the type of the error encounters. see JSON_ERROR_*
for the full set of return values.

json_parser_string is similar to json_parser_char except that it takes a string
and a length.  it also returns the number of character processed, which is
useful when an parser error happened in the stream to pinpoint where.

json_parser_is_done permits to test whetever or not the parser is in a
terminated state. it involves not beeing into any structure.

json_parser_free is the opposite of init, it just free the allocated structure.

the printer API is simple too:

* json_printer_init
* json_printer_free
* json_printer_pretty
* json_printer_raw

json_printer_init initialise a printing context and takes a callback + userdata
that will be called for every character that the printer wants to output. the
caller can have the printer callback redirect to anything it wants.

json_printer_free is the opposite of init

json_printer_raw takes a json type and an optional data and length value
depending on the type. it's up to the caller to verify that the order of type
are JSON-compliant, otherwise the generated document won't be able to be parsed
again.

json_printer_pretty works like json_printer_raw but is targetted for human
reading by appending newlines and spaces
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