Reading the Response Body

The response body contains the information you are after. For example, when you execute an HTTP request to get a geographic coordinate from an address using Google Maps, the resulting coordinate will be returned in the response body.

You can read the response body using one of the read methods of the Response object (of XPRIM_HttpRequest object).

Most modern web services, especially REST web services, would return the response as JSON. In the past, XML was the prevalent format, however XML seems to have fallen out of favour, and it's very uncommon to see a service that takes/returns XML data.

To efficiently read a JSON response, use either XPRIM_RandomAccessJsonReader or XPRIM_JsonReader.

XPRIM_RandomAccessJsonReader allows you to read any part of your JSON data, which you can refer to by name or by index.
XPRIM_JsonReader is a fast, forward-only reader. It reads the JSON data the way it reads data on a tape. Your JSON data is read sequentially, so you can't directly access different areas of your JSON data. XPRIM_JsonReader should be used when reading huge JSON data (such as those returned by database services), as it consumes very little memory (whereas XPRIM_RandomAccessJsonReader use of memory is linear to the size of the JSON data).
Most of the time, you would choose XPRIM_RandomAccessJsonReader over XPRIM_JsonReader as it is much easier to use. Unless your JSON data is really big, always opt for XPRIM_RandomAccessJsonReader.

Example - Reading the Response Body as JSON

When you execute a Google Maps geocoding request, you will get a response much like this:


   "results" :



         "formatted_address" : "1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA",

         "geometry" :


            "location" :


               "lat" : 37.4224764,

               "lng" : -122.0842499





We are interested in the lat and long values, which can be accessed via results (element 1) >> geometry >> location.

Define_Com Class(#XPRIM_HttpRequest) Name(#Req)

Define_Com Class(#XPRIM_RandomAccessJsonReader) Name(#Reader)


#Req.DoGet Url('')

* Check if request is successful

If (#Req.Response.IsSuccessHttpStatusCode)

    * Set the JSON reader source fot response from the HTTP request

    #Reader.SetSourceHttpResponse HttpResponse(#Req.Response)

    * Navigate to the 'location' object (containing the 'lat' and 'lng' values)

    * We'll specify a navigation path to navigate to the 'location' element

    * Names and indexes in a path are separated by forward slashes

    #Reader.BeginObjectWithPath Path('results/1/geometry/location')

    * Get the latitude and longitude value

    #Latitude := #Reader.ReadNumberWithName('lat')

    #Longitude := #Reader.ReadNumberWithName('lng')

    * Close "BeginObject" with "EndObject"



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