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    • tsmith339
    • Feb 21st 2014 edited @ 02/21/2014 6:50 am
     

    Hi all,
    I have found that when I get a single time ("/time/22123734/") vs getting all the time for a person ("/time/?personid=128649") the returned object is different. I am trying to find out why, and secondly, how to handle this in C#.

    Here are examples
    Returning a single time

    {
    "personid":128649,
    "status":"OK",
    "code":200,
    "time":{
    "id":"22123734",
    "projectid":"71347",
    "moduleid":"81795",
    "taskid":null,
    "worktypeid":"129310",
    "personid":"99233",
    "date":"2014-03-18",
    "datemodified":"2014-01-28 13:23:14",
    "time":"8",
    "description":"Out of Office - Travel --sdr",
    "billable":"f",
    "worktype":"General Work"
    }
    }


    And here is the return when requesting multiple times
    {
    "personid":128649,
    "status":"OK",
    "code":200,
    "listcount":1338,
    "time":[
    {
    "id":"xxxxx",
    "projectid":"xxxxx",
    "moduleid":"xxxxx",
    "taskid":"xxxxx",
    "worktypeid":"xxxxx",
    "personid":"xxxxx",
    "date":"06\/20\/2013",
    "time":"0.25",
    "description":"Updated xxxxx Parallel to 12.2.0.16",
    "billable":"f",
    "datemodified":"2013-06-20 13:32:28",
    "dateiso":"2013-06-20",
    "module":"Setup",
    "project":"xxxxxx Personnel",
    "worktype":"*Support - Offsite",
    "tasklocalid":"34673",
    "task":"Upgrade xxxxx Parallel",
    "firstname":"Tim",
    "lastname":"xxxxx",
    "active":"t",
    "person":"Tim xxxxx",
    "clientid":"xxxxx",
    "client":"xxxxxx Personnel",
    "clientactive":"f",
    "statusid":"1"
    },
    {......}]
    }


    The amount of fields that come back when multiple times are returned is much higher.
    Can anybody explain why this is?

    Also, I am working on a C# project serializing/deserializing using DataContractJsonSerializer. I have constructed a time model class based on the second example using DataContract and DataMember attributes.
    My problem is when I request a single time like the first example, it doesn't serialize because of the data contract.

    Is there a better way to go about this? Does another library like Newtonsoft JSON handle this better?

    Thank you!

    Tim
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    I tested out Newtonsoft JSON.net and it does the trick. If somebody still has the answer as to why the returned objects are different, though, that would be great.
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    tsmith,

    The list query returns more fields if you need to build a custom view of the time. This way project names for example are included and you don't need to do an extra query to look up its name from the projectid.

    I believe the error is because the API is rejecting some fields from a POST request. This is by design, because those extra fields are read-only. When submitting a POST request just make sure only the read-write fields are submitted. You can get these by viewing the Member section of the time resource.

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    Thanks jprado!

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