Mastering ArduinoJson

The book “Mastering ArduinoJson” is the ultimate guide to learn how to use the library efficiently. This book explains everything you need to know to serialize and deserialize JSON documents in a deeply embedded environment. It is written by Benoit Blanchon, the author of ArduinoJson.

Who is this book for?

If you never used ArduinoJson, you will appreciate this book because it guides you through your learning. It starts with the basic usage of the library and increments the complexity step by step. The last chapter analyzes several example projects and explains the design choices. It is a much better way to learn than blindly copy-pasting the examples.

If you are already using ArduinoJson, you will learn how to get the best performance and the most straightforward code. You will discover that many examples found on the Internet are suboptimal and even dangerous. The sample projects will give you a sense of how the library should be used and will give you a new perspective on your projects.

What knowledge is required?

This book is not a course on Arduino or embedded programming. It assumes a small experience with Arduino; you do not need to be a master, just to be able to compile and run a simple sketch.

Many Arduino users lack some of the fundamental principles of C++, that is why this book starts with a quick refresher. However, it does not pretend to teach C++ from scratch; it assumes the knowledge of another object-oriented programming language, such as C# or Java. There is much material to learn how to program with Arduino, but most of them miss essential parts that are crucial in your development career. This chapter covers the holes left by the other Arduino books, that is why I called it “The Missing C++ Course.”

What is in the book?

This book is not a compilation of resource already available online. All the content is new, and nothing was recycled from existing documents.

It contains many new code samples and original illustrations.

Contrary to the documentation on, which grew organically from the GitHub wiki, this book is the result of several months of continuous work, starting from scratch. The result is a coherent and complete learning material.

Table of content:

  1. Introduction
    1. About this book
    2. Introduction to JSON
    3. Introduction to ArduinoJson
  2. The missing C++ course
    1. Why a C++ course?
    2. Stack, heap and globals
    3. Pointers
    4. Memory management
    5. References
    6. Strings
  3. Deserialize with ArduinoJson
    1. The example of this chapter
    2. Parse a JSON object
    3. Extract values from an object
    4. Inspect an unknown object
    5. Parse a JSON array
    6. Extract values from an array
    7. Inspect an unknown array
    8. The zero-copy mode
    9. Parse from read-only memory
    10. Parse from stream
  4. Serialize with ArduinoJson
    1. The example of this chapter
    2. Create an object
    3. Create an array
    4. Serialize to memory
    5. Serialize to stream
    6. Duplication of strings
  5. Inside ArduinoJson
    1. Why JsonBuffer?
    2. Inside StaticJsonBuffer
    3. Inside DynamicJsonBuffer
    4. Inside JsonArray
    5. Inside JsonObject
    6. Inside JsonVariant
    7. Inside the parser
    8. Inside the serializer
    9. Miscellaneous
  6. Troubleshooting
    1. Program crashes
    2. Deserialization issues
    3. Serialization issues
    4. Understand compiler errors
    5. Common error messages
    6. Logging
    7. Ask for help
  7. Case Studies
    1. Configuration in SPIFFS
    2. OpenWeatherMap on mkr1000
    3. Weather Underground on ESP8266
    4. JSON-RPC with Kodi
    5. Recursive analyzer
  8. Conclusion

Code samples

The book comes with several new sample projects. When you buy the book, you get access to a zip file with all the code samples.

Content of the zip file

How is the book written?

This book is optimized for fast and easy reading. It uses short sentences, active voice, and conversational style, to ensure a smooth understanding, even for non-English speakers.

The book is well balanced between text and code. Code snippets are short and focused, so there are easy to digest, but the complete programs are available in the zip file.

The book is designed to be read from cover to cover without a computer, so it is the perfect format to learn in your commute. It is also well segmented, so you can quickly skim when you are looking something in particular.

What readers says?

Douglas S. Basberg
The short C++ section was a great refresher. The practical use of ArduinoJson in small embedded processors was just what I needed for my home automation work. Certainly worth having! Thank you for both the book and the library.
Avishek Hardin
An excellent in-depth book that combines Micro-controllers and JSON instructions. This ebook was exactly what I needed to get started with the JSON, Arduino & ESP
Mr. Blanchon's book is one of the best JSON books available to date! It gets right to the code without playing in tall grass, letting new developers get right to the good stuff.
Just bought your Arduino JSON book on Amazon. I learned more in the hour it took me for reading your book than in 3 courses in University... I wanted you to know that if you write a C++ book for Arduino or any other book, I will be pleased to purchase those as well.
Great book for learning how to use AruinoJson. But also a good, quick course on C++ pointers, buffers etc.
I especially loved the explanations on C++ syntax. A lot of things snapped into place in my head I wasn't expecting. Well done and thank you! Original reason I bought the book was to support the development and also to find out the design decisions on the ArduinoJson syntax which TBH got me interested in learning C++11/14 for my Arduino projects.
Doug Petican
I think the missing C++ course and the troubleshooting chapter are worth the money by itself. Very useful for C programming dinosaurs like myself.
I have been a casual user of the Arduino IDE for about 6 months, and tend to struggle with why I needed to define variables and constants in specific ways, and the general construction of programs in this environment. The book provides enough "why" to remove mystery from the organization of data and program spaces in the microcontroller environment to make me much more comfortable. I think that one reading of the book as fast as I could get thorough it was a good start. I intend to go through the case studies and read the book again to completely understand the material presented. The book makes forward references to material "to be covered in chapter x". Seeing the material in those chapters will make the second reading well worth the time.
Excellent approach of the programming. It goes a step forward for the programmer in C++ and enforce some knowles. Highly recommended. Ezequiel from Argentina


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