# Jason.Native

This is an extension of the [Jason]( package -
the blazing fast JSON encoder for Elixir.

This package adds a "sprinke of NIFs" to Jason to make it even faster. All you need
to do, is just add `jason_native` as a dependency to your project, and that's it!
**No code changes are required, things just will be faster.**

This is achieved by making `jason_native` an optional dependency of `jason`, and
switching implementations at compile-time based on the presence (or absence)
of this optional library.

NIFs are implemented respecting all constraints of the BEAM, including periodic
yielding to allow scheduler threads to re-schedule processes.

Currently, `Jason.Native` only adds native routines for encoding strings - one of the
most expensive routnes in encoding JSON.
In microbenchmarks, this speeds up `Jason.encode!` about 1.5 times for most inputs,
and places it **between 30% slower and 40% faster compared to [`jiffy`](**,
which is fully implemented in C.
For some specific inputs - e.g. large amounts of Unicode or extremely long strings,
`Jason.Native` is significantly faster -
**up to 8x faster than regular pure-Elixir `Jason` and 6x faster than pure-C `jiffy`**.

## Installation

The package can be installed by adding `jason_native`, alongside `jason`
to your list of dependencies in `mix.exs`:

def deps do
    {:jason, "~> 1.5.0-alpha.1"},
    {:jason_native, "~> 0.1.0"}

Other than Elixir 1.14 and compatible Erlang, this package requires:
* `make`
* A C++20-compatible C++ compiler, e.g. `clang` or `gcc`.

Please refer to `Makefile` to supported options for native compilation.

Full documentation can be found at [](

## Disclaimer

This package uses NIFs - native functions implemented in C++. I made all efforts to
implement things correctly and test them, but native code is tricky.
This **can cause instability** in your systems, please test before deploying in production
to your entire fleet of machines.

## Benchmarks

Benchmarks can be found in the main `Jason` library. Please refer to instructions included

Basic results from my machine can be found in [this gist](

## License

Jason.Native is part of Jason and is released under the Apache License 2.0 - see the [LICENSE](LICENSE) file.

Jason.Native contains unicode-encoding routines with
Copyright (c) 2008-2009 Bjoern Hoehrmann <>
under the MIT license, see for details.