Difference between JObject and JToken

i have a project developed by precious developer. he is using data from an api and in one workflow he used JToken and rest of the workflows he is using JObject . what’s the difference? can anyone explain.

Hi @Muhammad_Umair

JToken and JObject are classes provided by the Newtonsoft.Json library for handling JSON data.

→ JToken: It is the base class for all JSON tokens and represents a single JSON value like string, number, boolean, array, or object. It allows you to dynamically navigate through the JSON structure and extract values without knowing the exact structure in advance. It is useful for working with JSON data flexibly and dynamically.

→ JObject: It is a subclass of JToken and specifically represents a JSON object. It behaves like a dictionary, allowing you to access and manipulate individual properties within the JSON object using key-value pairs. It provides methods for adding, removing, or modifying properties. It is useful when you have a structured JSON object with known properties and need direct access to specific properties.

The choice between JToken and JObject depends on the requirements of the JSON data being processed. JToken is suitable for scenarios where the JSON structure is unknown or requires dynamic navigation, while JObject is more convenient when working with well-defined JSON objects and accessing specific properties directly.

Hope this helps,
Best Regards.

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A JToken represents a high level abstract generic item, which can be at runtime a particular specific artifact within the JSON,

A JObject represents a set of 0,1 or more JProperties which can be understood similar like a Dictionary with a key (property name) and value (property value)


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