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Is there a name for a data format like `key[type]=value`?

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I'm working on an integration with a proprietary (black box) system.

There is some TCP communication that occurs between two microservices. I've managed to sniff the traffic and it's being sent in following data format

ID[I]=123, USER[S]=JOHN DOE, PASS[S]=0000, 

My understanding is that each line is an object, with each child separated by a comma and structured like key[type]=value

Types (assumed - but very confident)

  • I = Integer
  • S = String

Assuming this, the JSON equivalent of the above example would be

{
  "ID": 123,
  "USER": "JOHN DOE",
  "PASS": "0000"
}

My question is if this is similar to any known standard? I'd like to look into this more (rather than making more assumptions).

It's worth noting that it's very possible that this is completely a proprietary data format unique to the system I'm working with. I figured that if it's following any sort of standard I could read up on it more. I also changed the actual keys/values so as not to give out anything secret, the data format is the same.

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Do you mean, you saw the **literal ASCII text chars/bytes** "_ID[I]=123, USER[S]=8080, PASS[S]=0000,_... (2 comments)

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