i just had a problem converting the JSON from Phillips Hue Lights (Response) to a Model. Since it may contain several "unknown" keys in success and/or may contain just a String for success i had to write/use a TypeAdapter and a deserializer aswell. This works but im pretty sure there is a better way to solve this.

Dummy JSONS:

[{"success":{"/config/name":"My bridge"}}]


    "success":{"id": "3"}


{"success":{ "address": "/groups/1/action/on", "value": true}},
{"success":{ "address": "/groups/1/action/effect", "value":"colorloop"}},
{"success":{ "address": "/groups/1/action/hue", "value":6000}}

And the JSON with just a String

    "success": "/config/whitelist/1234567890 deleted."

It may also contain "error" but this isnt the problem. Since the object in address is unknown i use a Adapter from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/17627869/simple-way-to-strip-outer-array-of-responses-in-gson which works fine as long as its an Object. Since it may also contain a String i had to create a JsonDeserializer which validates if its a JSONObject and if not, it sets another variable in the Model with the message. It works, but i always have to revalidate if the message or success it set.

This is my JSONDeserializer

public class HueResponseDeserializer implements JsonDeserializer<HueResponse> {
    private final String TAG = HueResponseDeserializer.class.getSimpleName();

    public HueResponse deserialize(JsonElement jsonElement, Type type, JsonDeserializationContext context) throws JsonParseException {

        HueResponse response = new HueResponse();
        JsonObject jsonObject = jsonElement.getAsJsonObject();
        if (jsonObject.get("success").isJsonObject()) {
            for (Map.Entry<String, JsonElement> entry : jsonObject.getAsJsonObject("success").entrySet()) {
                response.setSuccess(new HashMap<String, Object>() {{
                    put(entry.getKey(), entry.getValue());
        } else {

        if (jsonObject.has("error") && jsonObject.get("error").isJsonObject()) {
            for (Map.Entry<String, JsonElement> entry : jsonObject.getAsJsonObject("error").entrySet()) {
                response.setError(context.deserialize(entry.getValue(), HueResponse.Error.class));
        return response;

And my Model

public class HueResponse {

    private Map<String, Object> success;
    private Error error;
    private String successMessage;

    public String getSuccessMessage() {
        return successMessage;

    public void setSuccessMessage(String successMessage) {
        this.successMessage = successMessage;

    public Map<String, Object> getSuccess() {
        return success;

    public Error getError() {
        return error;

    public void setSuccess(Map<String, Object> success) {
        this.success = success;

    public void setError(Error error) {
        this.error = error;

    public static class Error {
        private int type;
        private String address;
        private String description;

        public int getType() {
            return type;

        public String getAddress() {
            return address;

        public String getDescription() {
            return description;

        public String toString() {
            return "Type: " + this.type
                    + " Address: " + this.address
                    + " Description: " + this.description;


Iterating through an entrySet()

If what you really want is to put all the JSON objects into a success map, rather than overwriting each of them with every iteration, there's a way to stream it:

Map<String, Object> map = object.entrySet().stream()
                                            entry -> (Object) entry.getValue()));

In any case, a more fluent implementation of HashMap<>() {{ ... }} is to use Collections.singletonMap():

object.entrySet().forEach(entry -> { 
    Map<String, Object> map = Collections.singletonMap(entry.getKey(), entry.getValue()); 
    // ...


You can consider have a more domain-based modeling of the successful results, instead of a simple Map<String, Object> in your HueResponse. For example, consider a Group of Action objects that have a state consisting of enabled (aka on), effect and hue? That seems to adhere closer to the results, giving you a more meaningful application.

  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Thank you, but does it really solve the issue? If i see that correctly its just to use Lambdas which generates one more function (if not two) -> youtube.com/watch?v=WALV33rWye4&t=1600s. The issue/problem is that the return value of success may or may not a JSONObject. It may also just a String or anything else. \$\endgroup\$ – Emanuel S Feb 14 '17 at 11:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @EmanuelSeibold the first part addresses the double-brace initialization usage, which is unnecessary. The second is a suggestion on a richer model than just a mapping of JsonElement objects in your HueResponse class. \$\endgroup\$ – h.j.k. Feb 14 '17 at 13:40

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