JsonLogic

Build complex rules, serialize them as JSON, share them between front-end and back-end

Truthy and Falsy

Because JsonLogic rules need to return the same results when executed by different languages, it carries it’s own specification on what is truthy and what is falsy.

For example, in PHP, empty arrays are falsy, but in JavaScript arrays are always truthy. It turns out having a dead simple way to differentiate an empty array from a non-empty one is really really useful with the missing operation, so JsonLogic agrees with PHP—in that case.

Here’s a quick list, backed up by the shared unit tests, of what values should be treated as true and false, especially by the logic operators and the if statement.

Value Comment As boolean
0   false
1, -1, etc any non-zero number true
[] empty array false
[1,2] any non-empty array true
"" empty string false
"anything" any non-empty string true
"0" string zero true
null   false

Testing

Every JsonLogic interpreter exposes a method truthy that tells you whether the supplied arg is truthy or falsy within JsonLogic (overriding that language’s conventions when necessary).

In PHP:

(bool) "0"
// false

JWadhams\JsonLogic::truthy( "0" );
// true

In JavaScript:

!! []
// true

jsonLogic.truthy( [] );
// false