Answers to Java regex convert string to valid json string ( 2 )

  1. 2016-12-31 05:12

    I have to make an assumption that the "key" and "value" consist of only "word characters" (\w) and there are no spaces in them.

    Here is my program. Please also see the comments in-line:

    import java.util.regex.Matcher;
    import java.util.regex.Pattern;
    public class RegexJson {
        public static void main(String[] args) {
             * Note that the input string, when expressed in a Java program, need escape
             * for backslash (\) and double quote (").  If you read directly
             * from a file then these escapes are not needed
            String input = "{abc:\\\"def\\\", ghi:\\\"jkl\\\"}";
            // regex for one pair of key-value pair.  Eg: abc:\"edf\"
            String keyValueRegex = "(?<key>\\w+):(?<value>\\\\\\\"\\w+\\\\\\\")";
            // regex for a list of key-value pair, separated by a comma (,) and a space ( )
            String pairsRegex    = "(?<pairs>(,*\\s*"+keyValueRegex+")+)";
            // regex include the open and closing braces ({})
            String regex         = "\\{"+pairsRegex+"\\}";
            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
            Pattern p1 = Pattern.compile(regex);
            Matcher m1 = p1.matcher(input);
            while (m1.find()) {
                String pairs ="pairs");
                Pattern p2 = Pattern.compile(keyValueRegex);
                Matcher m2 = p2.matcher(pairs);
                String comma = "";      // first time special
                while (m2.find()) {
                    String key      ="key");
                    String value    ="value");
                    sb.append(String.format(comma + "\\\"%s\\\":%s", key, value));
                    comma = ", ";       // second time and onwards
            System.out.println("input is: " + input);

    The print out of this program is:

    input is: {abc:\"def\", ghi:\"jkl\"}
    {\"abc\":\"def\", \"ghi\":\"jkl\"}
  2. 2016-12-31 06:12

    In this particular case the regex should look for a word that is proceeded with {, space, or , and not followed by "

    String str = "{abc:\"def\", ghi:\"jkl\"}";
    String regex = "(?:[{ ,])(\\w+)(?!\")";
    System.out.println(str.replaceAll(regex, "\\\"$1\\\""));

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