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Convert JSON string to .net object

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In this video we will discuss
1. How to convert .NET object to JSON string
2. How to convert a JSON string to .NET object

We will be using the following Employee class
public class Employee
    public string firstName { get; set; }
    public string lastName { get; set; }
    public string gender { get; set; }
    public int salary { get; set; }

The following example converts List<Employee> objects to a JSON string. Serialize() method of JavaScriptSerializer class converts a .NET object to a JSON string. JavaScriptSerializer class is present in System.Web.Script.Serialization namespace.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Web.Script.Serialization;

namespace Demo
    public partial class WebForm1 : System.Web.UI.Page
        protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            Employee employee1 = new Employee
                firstName = "Todd",
                lastName = "Grover",
                gender = "Male",
                salary = 50000

            Employee employee2 = new Employee
                firstName = "Sara",
                lastName = "Baker",
                gender = "Female",
                salary = 40000

            List<Employee> listEmployee = new List<Employee>();

            JavaScriptSerializer javaScriptSerializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
            string JSONString = javaScriptSerializer.Serialize(listEmployee);


Output : 

The following example converts a JSON string to List<Employee> objects. Deserialize() method of JavaScriptSerializer class converts a JSON string to a .NET object

string jsonString = "[{\"firstName\":\"Todd\",\"lastName\":\"Grover\",\"gender\":\"Male\",\"salary\":50000},{\"firstName\":\"Sara\",\"lastName\":\"Baker\",\"gender\":\"Female\",\"salary\":40000}]";

JavaScriptSerializer javaScriptSerializer = new JavaScriptSerializer();
List<Employee> employees = (List<Employee>)javaScriptSerializer.Deserialize(jsonString, typeof(List<Employee>));

foreach (Employee employee in employees)
    Response.Write("First Name = " + employee.firstName + "<br/>");
    Response.Write("Last Name = " + employee.lastName + "<br/>");
    Response.Write("Gender = " + employee.gender + "<br/>");
    Response.Write("Salary = " + employee.salary + "<br/><br/>");

Output : 
Convert JSON string to .net object

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  1. Well sir, Thankx for amazing tutorials. I found error in thi line:
    List employees = (List)javaScriptSerializer.Deserialize(jsonString, typeof(List));

    It says that No overload for method 'Deserialize' takes '2' arguments

    Please check.

    Rajeev Ranjan

    1. this is the right code----- List=(List)javaScriptSerializer.Deserialize(jsonString, typeof(List));

  2. first view correctly the ask use List = (List)javaScriptSerializer.Deserialize(jsonString, typeof(List));


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