Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Announcing JSwan - easy JSON support for Grasshopper



Andrew Heumann, creator of human, Human UI, and MetaHopper, announced the release of jSwan to provide JSON serialization/deserialization for Grasshopper.

What is JSwan? JSwan is a set of Grasshopper components for working with JSON-formatted data. It’s designed to work intuitively with Grasshopper’s component logic and data structures. And it is open source. You can find the source and the documentation at http://github.com/andrewheumann/jswan 19.

JSON, Java Script Object Notation, is a lightweight format for storing and transporting data. It's often used when data is sent from a server to a web page. There are many reasons why you might use a JSON format inside Grasshopper. Here are a few:
  • Interacting with the web: data from web services or APIs is often received or sent in JSON format.
  • Translating Grasshopper/Rhino formatted geometry into a structured format any program can understand. C#, JavaScript, Python, and most other languages can read and author JSON data.
  • Object Oriented Grasshopper. Construct custom object types by encoding them in JSON. Build your own reusable clusters that grab their relevant properties, rather than passing around many parallel data streams.

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