Morning all,

I've been having some fun with converting a text data file import into
a json object for storage.

I have a text file that is pipe delimited coming in via an upload. The
first row is the headers and the second row is the data.

Using this code:

$data = file("inline_Nov_8_2011.txt");

        $keys   = explode("|", $data[0]);
        $fields = explode("|", $data[1]);       

        $combine = array_combine($keys, $fields);
        $json = json_encode($combine);

After the combine, I get an array that looks like this

    ['Legal Last Name '] => Andros
    ['Legal Middle Initial '] =>
    ['Legal First Name '] => Marisa
    ['Maiden/Other Name '] =>
    ['Social Insurance No. '] => 123456789
    ['Date of Birth '] => 2/1/1988
    ['Gender '] => Female

But the json encoded value looks like this (there are way more
elements but this should be enough to represent what I need to do).


I have been googling for info about allowed values for the json keys,
but can't seem to find a clear doc on what is allowed and what isn't.
I have tried unquoted keys, replaced the spaced with underscores but
nothing I do seems to help.

When I echo out the json encoded data, the keys are all nulls.

Can someone point me in the correct direction? It may be that I need
to manually create the key names as an array first, which I was hoping
to avoid since the file format coming from the client is still in some



Cat, the other other white meat

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