Facebook Graph API : Parsing the output

I am trying to get the names of my friends using FB Graph API with this call :

$friends = file_get_contents('https://graph.facebook.com/me/friendsaccess_token='.$session["access_token"]);

echo "Friends : $friends\n";

This gives me a list of the form :

{"data":[{"name":"ABC XYZ","id":"12212839"},{"name":"PQR GHI","id":"5004678"}]}

I want to be able to store only the NAMES in an array. How do I use $friends to get the names ? Something like $friends['name'] doesn't seem to work.

Please help. Thank you.


$friends = json_decode($friends);
foreach($friends['data'] as $friend)
     echo $friend['name'];

The return is a json object, you need to decode it. Although I strongly urge you to use an SDK such as http://github.com/facebook/php-sdk/

If this doesn't work try:

$friends = json_decode($friends);
foreach($friends->data as $friend)
     echo $friend->name;

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