I am having issues parsing JSON data from a web service. The web service is local on my machine, and I have added it as a Web Reference. Simple data types from the service work perfectly. However, if I call a method that returns a complex structure (such as an array of structures), the object values are Nothing.

For instance,

Dim ClientOffices As New Object
ClientOffices = NTGateway.GetClientOffices()

gives me an object with 31 item objects, all of which are empty.

This is the data that is returned from the web service method:

[{"Name":"Corporate Office","ID":1},{"Name":"Satellite Office","ID":43},{"Name":"Melville","ID":1370},{"N ame":"Orlando","ID":1383},{"Name":"terry","ID":138 5},{"Name":"marty","ID":1386},{"Name":1.0,"ID":138 7},{"Name":"dallas","ID":1389},{"Name":"Demo Company","ID":1391},{"Name":"Levi","ID":1436},{"Na me":"Broward","ID":1439},{"Name":"Morgan","ID":150 5},{"Name":"Scott","ID":1623},{"Name":"Katie","ID" :1625},{"Name":"Miami","ID":2183},{"Name":"Adapt", "ID":2190},{"Name":"High Point","ID":2604},{"Name":"Chicago","ID":2612},{"N ame":"jim","ID":2647},{"Name":"Hawaii","ID":2666}, {"Name":"Custom Solutions","ID":2669},{"Name":"Tina","ID":2886},{" Name":"Greensboro","ID":3027},{"Name":"Melissa","I D":3799},{"Name":"High Point","ID":3815},{"Name":"Education","ID":3996},{ "Name":"Med Surg","ID":3997},{"Name":"ER","ID":3998},{"Name":" critical care","ID":3999},{"Name":"Critical care","ID":4103},{"Name":"Main Office","ID":4192}]

It works if I use a jQuery parser, but I can't seem to get the same results in VB.


I've found a "solution". It's not perfect, but it works pretty well. If you use SerializeJSON when returning this data from the ColdFusion web service, it will convert it into a properly formatted JSON string. In this case we are actually returning an array of structures, so instead of serializing the entire object, if you serialize each struct as you append it to the array, it gets returned as a impl:ArrayOf_xsd_anyType SOAP type. .NET has no trouble with this at all. Then there's a couple lines to write in .NET to convert that into objects:

<cfset retArray = ArrayNew(1) />

<cfloop query="queryToProcess">


tempStruct = StructNew();

StructInsert(tempStruct, "Field1", queryToProcess.field1);
StructInsert(tempStruct, "Field2", queryToProcess.field2);

ArrayAppend(retArray, SerializeJSON(tempStruct));


Dim objTemp As Object 'This has to be created as an object instead of an array.
objTemp = WebServiceClass.GetData() 'This would be the web service class created by the Web Reference.

Dim serializer As New JavaScriptSerializer()
Dim theClass As New MyClass()
Dim theCollection As New MyClassCollection() 'These are your class objects
Dim index As Integer = 0

'Loop through each entity in the object
For index = 0 To objTemp.length - 1
theClass = serializer.Deserialize(Of MyClass)(objTemp(index)) 'Deserialize the JSON data
theCollection.Add(theClass) ' Add it to the collection

The important thing here is that the Class created in .NET must have properties named exactly the same as the keys of the structure. Otherwise, they will not map properly.

I hope this helps someone else out there. I searched for hours to find a solution and found many others having the same problem, with no answer.

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