[Development] Json support for QtCore
lars.knoll at nokia.com
lars.knoll at nokia.com
Sat Dec 10 22:32:45 CET 2011
there were quite a few discussions and requests over the last months to
add Json support as part of QtCore, and maybe integrating one of the
I was however never really happy with them. Mainly because they all parse
into a QVariant(Map), and don't offer any real API to create and modify
Json. In addition, I believed that it was possible to create a faster
parser, and wanted to have a binary representation for the parsed Json.
So I sat down over the last weeks and implemented hacked on something on
my own. You can see the current state in our first playground project that
Sergio created for me yesterday. You can clone it from
Things look rather promising, and I consider the code to be mostly feature
complete. There's work to be done on the API, and documentation is still
completely missing, but most of the other pieces are there.
What I have right now:
* A binary representation of Json, that can be simply mmap'ed from a file,
or copied around. This gives us an extremely cheap way to load and save
Json objects in binary form.
The binary representation is optimized for fast reading. The binary format
is relatively compact and stores the whole object in one blob.
* An API consisting of JsonObject, JsonArray and JsonValue that allows for
fast and easy iteration and modification of the binary format.
The Api still needs some work, and I have to write docs about it.
* Conversion between the binary representation and a QVariantMap
* Conversion to and from text based Json.
The Json parser is a handwritten, recursive parser. It converts Json (utf8
encoded) into the binary representation. I've tried to make it as fast as
possible and let it do a minimum amount of allocations.
I've benchmarked parsing speed and compared to the qjson
(http://qjson.sourceforge.net/). It's around 7 times faster for the
test.json file included in the project (the test case used in qjson as
* It's compact and small. The whole implementation compiles into a 77k
shared library at the moment, with very few relocations.
There's a bit of work still required to finish it, but I would like to
start the discussion about including it into QtCore anyways. I'd also be
happy about any feedback.
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