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JSON::Syck - JSON is YAML (but consider using JSON::XS instead!)
use JSON::Syck; # no exports by default
my $data = JSON::Syck::Load($json);
my $json = JSON::Syck::Dump($data);
# $file can be an IO object, or a filename
my $data = JSON::Syck::LoadFile($file);
# Dump into a pre-existing buffer
JSON::Syck is a syck implementation of JSON parsing and generation. Because JSON is YAML (
However, a newer module JSON::XS, has since emerged. It is more flexible, efficient and robust, so please consider using it instead of this module.
DIFFERENCE WITH JSON
You might want to know the difference between the JSON module and this one.
Since JSON is a pure-perl module and JSON::Syck is based on libsyck, JSON::Syck is supposed to be very fast and memory efficient. See chansen's benchmark table at
JSON.pm comes with dozens of ways to do the same thing and lots of options, while JSON::Syck doesn't. There's only "Load" and "Dump".
Oh, and JSON::Syck doesn't use camelCase method names :-)
For now, when you pass a scalar reference to JSON::Syck, it dereferences to get the actual scalar value.
JSON::Syck raises an exception when you pass in circular references.
If you want to serialize self referencing stuff, you should use YAML which supports it.
When you pass subroutine reference, JSON::Syck dumps it as null.
By default this module doesn't touch any of utf-8 flags set in strings, and assumes UTF-8 bytes to be passed and emit.
However, when you set $JSON::Syck::ImplicitUnicode to 1, this module properly decodes UTF-8 binaries and sets UTF-8 flag everywhere, as in:
JSON (UTF-8 bytes) => Perl (UTF-8 flagged)
JSON (UTF-8 flagged) => Perl (UTF-8 flagged)
Perl (UTF-8 bytes) => JSON (UTF-8 flagged)
Perl (UTF-8 flagged) => JSON (UTF-8 flagged)
By default, JSON::Syck::Dump will only transverse up to 512 levels of a datastructure in order to avoid an infinite loop when it is presented with an circular reference.
However, you set $JSON::Syck::MaxLevels to a larger value if you have very complex structures.
Unfortunately, there's no implicit way to dump Perl UTF-8 flagged data structure to utf-8 encoded JSON. To do this, simply use Encode module, e.g.:
use JSON::Syck qw(Dump);
my $json = encode_utf8( Dump($data) );
use JSON::Syck qw(Dump);
Set $JSON::Syck::SingleQuote to 1 will make both "Dump" and "Load" expect single-quoted string literals.
Dumping into tied (or other magic variables) with "DumpInto" might not work properly in all cases.
When dumping with "DumpFile", some spacing might be wrong and $JSON::Syck::SingleQuote might be handled incorrectly.
Copyright 2005-2009 by Audrey Tang
This software is released under the MIT license cited below.
The libsyck code bundled with this library is released by "why the lucky stiff", under a BSD-style license. See the COPYING file for details.
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