Death, Taxes and JSON

JSON is a language independent text based data interchange format. It is expected to become the data standard of storage and exchange for the foreseeable future. All tools and databases, Big Data or other, will support it.

JSON empowers developers in a world filled with Big Data hype about how unstructured data will drown out structured data.

Because it is so simple, it is not expected that the JSON grammar will ever change. This gives JSON, as a foundational notation, tremendous stability. JSON was first presented to the world at the website in 2001. JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation.

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Parsimonious and powerful:

  1. Agnostic about numbers (offers only the representation of numbers that
    humans use: a sequence of digits)
  2. Simple expression of name/value pairs (programming languages can map to – record, struct, dict, map, hash, or object)
  3. Supports ordered lists of values (map to array, vector, or list)

It will be built upon and extended, but is not expected to change. For instance, a recent extension that may be foundational to the development of web applications in the future is, JSON-LD (LD=Linked Data). It was announced on Jan 16, 2014 by the W3c (The consortium that is responsible for standards that define the internet, for example HMTL).

This specification defines JSON-LD, a JSON-based format to serialize Linked Data … It is primarily intended to be a way to use Linked Data in Web-based programming environments, to build interoperable Web services, and to store Linked Data in JSON-based storage engines.

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