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What is a JSON file?

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JSON is a data exchange format, while CSV is a data storage format. JSON files are typically larger, while CSV is on the smaller side. While JSON files possess a ton of functionality, they cannot be opened in a text editor as a CSV can. CSV stands for "Comma Separated Values." It is used to store tabular data with each record consisting of fields separated by commas (hence "comma-separated values"). This format was designed for simple spreadsheet applications like Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets. JSON stands for "JavaScript Object Notation." It is used to store complex data objects in text form that various software applications can parse. JSON was originally developed for use in JavaScript programs but has since been adopted by many other programming languages, including Ruby, Python, Perl, and PHP.

JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation is a text-based format representing structured data based on JavaScript object syntax. Because of its simplicity and ease of use, JSON files are often used to transmit data in web apps.

JSON is structured in a lightweight data-interchange format, making it easy for machines to parse and generate. In addition, its open standard makes it a good choice for transferring data over a network connection. They can also be used to store data locally, such as in a text file or database. But, it must be converted into a native JavaScript object to access this data for it to be used. This translation process is called parsing.


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