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);
$fields = explode("|", $data);
$combine = array_combine($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
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