Every now and then I stumble upon a tidbit of information that just makes me want to kick myself. Today was one of those days. Just by chance I ended up at an entry on PHP.net while Googling another issue. Once I realized what this function was capable of I was torn between thinking “Wow, this is awesome!” and “Wow, I’m a dumbass!”
$array = array ( 'alpha'=>4, 'beta'=>9, 'gamma'=>3 ); echo json_encode($array)
You should then see something like the following:
If you were manually processing the array and building a JSON object like I was, assume the face palm position.