JavaScript Object Notation is a schema-less, text-based representation of structured data that is based on key-value pairs and ordered lists.

Although JSON is derived from JavaScript, it is supported either natively or through libraries in most major programming languages. JSON is commonly, but not exclusively, used to exchange information between web clients and web servers. Over the last 15 years, JSON has become ubiquitous on the web.

Today it is the format of choice for almost every publicly available web service, and it is frequently used for private web services as well.[ 9 lies programmers tell themselves. | 9 bad programming habits we secretly love. ]
The popularity of JSON has also resulted in native JSON support by many databases. Relational databases like PostgreSQL and MySQL now ship with native support for storing and querying JSON data. NoSQL databases like MongoDB and Neo4j also support JSON, though MongoDB uses a slightly modified, binary version of JSON behind the scenes.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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