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undevts/NotationKit 0.3.0
The fastest Swift decoding & encoding framework.
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.package(url: "https://github.com/undevts/NotationKit.git", from: "0.3.0")


The fastest Swift decoding & encoding framework.


  • NotationKit

    The overlay module that re-exports the complete public interface of notation kit.

  • JSONKit

    The JSON related encoders and decoders.

  • AnyNotationKit (WIP)

    The toolkit to dealing with [AnyHashable: Any].

Adding notation kit to your project.

Notation kit only available with SPM:

  1. Add the following line to the dependencies in your Package.swift file:

    .package(url: "https://github.com/undevts/NotationKit.git", from: "0.3.0"),
  2. Add Numerics as a dependency for your target:

    .target(name: "MyTarget", dependencies: [
      .product(name: "JSONKit", package: "NotationKit"),
  3. Add import JSONKit in your source code.

Common tasks

To decoding an entity from JSON string or data, a class or struct just needs to implement the JSONDecodable protocol.

JSONDecodable has only a requirement: init(_ json: JSON).

In most cases, a single decoded function is enough to use.

import JSONKit

// If your prefer string keys.
struct User: JSONDecodable {
    let username: String
    let age: Int
    let array: [JSON]
    let dictionary: [String: String]
    let friends: [User]
    init(_ json: JSON) {
        var keyed = json.keyed()
        username = keyed.decoded("username")
        age = keyed.decoded("age")
        array = keyed.decoded("list")
        dictionary = keyed.decoded("map")
        friends = keyed.decoded("friends")

// Or if your prefer typed keys.
struct User: JSONDecodable {
    let username: String
    let age: Int
    let array: [JSON]
    let dictionary: [String: String]
    let friends: [User]

    init(_ json: JSON) {
        var keyed = json.keyed(by: CodingKeys.self)
        username = keyed.decoded(.username)
        age = keyed.decoded(.age)
        array = keyed.decoded(.array)
        dictionary = keyed.decoded(.dictionary)
        friends = keyed.decoded(.friends)
    enum CodingKeys: String, CodingKey {
        case username
        case age
        case array = "list"
        case dictionary = "map"
        case friends

Now, we can convert a JSON data to the User model with a single line code.

let result: Result<User, JSONParseError> = JSON.parse(data, as: User.self)

Use the JSON decoding API

Any scalar types (Int, UInt, Bool, Double, String etc.) could use decoded series method to create new scalar values, arrays or dictionarys. For example:

  1. Int: let age: Int = json.decoded("age")

  2. Int?: let age: Int? = json.decodedValue("age"), note the "Value" suffix.

  3. [Int]: let array: [Int] = json.decoded("array")

  4. [String: Int]: let map: [String: Int] = json.decoded("map")

For performance reasons, scalar types are NOT JSONDecodable. The above methods are directly dealt with scalar types. So,

let age: Int? = json.decoded("age") // ❎ Age is declared optional but never will be `nil`.
let age: Int? = json.decodedValue("age") // ✅ The correct way.

Keyed JSON

Although the JSON struct can use subscripts to get arrays or dictionarys, the most efficient way is to use KeyedJSON or StringedKeyJSON.

let json: JSON = ...
var keyed = json.keyed()
let bar = keyed.decoded("bar") as String
// Same as above, with a slight performance penalty.
let foo = json["foo"].string

SwiftyJSON style API

JSON do provide SwiftyJSON style API, and decoded series method is built on top of it. But don't use it unless there is a specific reason.

Unlike SwiftyJSON, the scalar getters returns a non-null value, and vice versa.

let name: String = json["name"].string
let age: Int? = json["age"].intValue

Codable style API

JSON kit comes with standard decoder: JSONSimdDecoder. Just replace JSONDecoder with JSONSimdDecoder and things are done.

let product = try JSONDecoder().decode(GroceryProduct.self, from: json)
let product = try JSONSimdDecoder().decode(GroceryProduct.self, from: json)

Note: JSONSimdDecoder has no support of Swift.JSONDecoder.KeyDecodingStrategy.

Known issues

  1. When installing with SPM, JSON is class insteal of struct. Even though the code is exactly the same and it all compiles, using struct will cause crazy and weird crashes.

  2. There is no way to get the raw text of a number.

Why another JSON decoding framework

  1. JSONDecoder and Codable is slow.
  2. Codable API is difficult to use.
  3. There is no fast and handy Swift JSON framework.


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