What is JSON?


JavaScript Object Notation, or JSON, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data.

JSON is primarily used to move data between a server and web application and operates as an alternative to XML.

Basically, it provides a human-readable collection of data that can be accessed in a logical manner.

JSON is based on a subset of the JavaScript Programming Language and is a text format that is completely independent, however, it uses conventions that are similar to programmers that use the C-family of languages such as C++.

Did you know JSON is built on two structures? Find out what they are on the next page.

Name of Technology:

JavaScript Object Notation

Year Introduced:


Invented by :

Douglas Crockford

Open Source or Proprietary:

Open Source

Main technology category:

Data interchange



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