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Monday, January 24, 2005

JSON: The Fat-Free Alternative to XML

JSON is the JavaScript Object Notation for writing "smart clients" like GMail in JavaScript without bulky XML messages. JSON-RPC is a simple RPC mechanism like XML-RPC. (Via Slashdot.)

I suppose this could also be based on YAML which is more rich than JSON, yet still not as complex as XML. I've not seen a mapping, in the few minutes I've looked, from JSON to XML, such as what's been defined for YAML.


Sam Ruby said...

Two examples to pick from: JSON or Slashdot

Anonymous said...

How about


Can't show examples here because indentation is significant for AML.

Christophe Grand said...

I'm in the aftermath of writing library stuff based on such technologies. more on my blog:

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'm more curious as whether either is really being used anywhere. I've poked briefly at YAML, but I've gotten the impression that the only implementations of it are spare-time hacks, about half of which are abandoned projects. JSON, at least, is basically tossing around javascript variable literals, which may result in people bothering to use the "standard".

Anonymous said...

YAML is used extensively in the Ruby community. The Syck implementation is undergoing active development and has bindings for Python, Perl and PHP.


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It pretty much covers FREE Marketing related stuff.

Steve Austin said...

Interesting blog. I have a rss xml blog.

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