Introduction to JSON

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation, is a simple and easy to read, write, store and exchange data format. It has become popular worldwide as it is being used in  infinite projects. JSON is a best alternative solution for XML.

What is JSON
  • JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation
  • JSON is lightweight text-data interchange format
  • JSON is platform/language independent
  • JSON is “self-describing” and “self understandable”


JSON filename extension is .json

MIME type

JSON Internet Media type is application/json

Programming language support

JSON is language independent and it is supported by most of all the programming languages:

JSON for C

JSON for Java

JSON for C#


Uses of JSON
  • JSON is used when writing JavaScript based application which includes browser and websites.
  • JSON format is used for serializing & transmitting structured data over network connection.
  • JSON is primarily used to transmit data between server and web application.
  • Web Services and API.s use JSON format to provide public data. Eg. Twitter
  • JSON can be used with modern programming languages like Java, C# etc.,

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