How JSON Works
Usage in Software
Alternatives to JSON
While JSON is popular, there are several alternatives based on specific use cases and preferences. XML was once the de facto data interchange format but is generally more verbose than JSON. YAML is another alternative that emphasizes ease of human readability, often used for config files. CSV is a simpler format commonly used for tabular data. For binary data interchange, formats like Protocol Buffers, Thrift, and Avro offer efficiency in both size and speed for serialization and deserialization over the wire.
Understanding JSON and its alternatives aids in choosing the right tool for data interchange based on project requirements, performance considerations, and team familiarity.