[Dancer-users] to_json not JSON-ifying the entire variable

P Kishor punk.kish at gmail.com
Fri Oct 8 00:03:17 CEST 2010

I have a data object in JavaScript that I am JSONifying, sending to
the server (using jQuery ajax) and storing in a SQLite table. In
SQLite, the values look like so (I have prettified it by adding
returns and tabs)


I retrieve it via ajax again, and use Dancer's to_json method to send
the result back. In Firebug, it shows up as


In other words, to_json seems to stringify all 2nd-level and deeper
values. As a result, while the entire value is returned as a JSON
object, its internal parts are recognized as strings. That doesn't
seem right, no? Its like drinking a cup of coffee, but three sips in
finding it to be hot chocolate.

I can get around it by reparsing the strings as JSON, but it really
shouldn't be so. The data are stored in the SQLite table as a string,
so to_json should JSON-ify it all the way through, and send it back as
a fully-formed JSON object.

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