Stephen Downes

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The debate between JSON and XML boils down to this: "XML is more complex than necessary for Web Services. By default, XML requires you to use complex features that many Web Services do not need to be successful." That doesn't mean JSON for everything - for example, I don't see a JSON-RSS in the immediate future (but hey, I could be wrong). But "for important use cases JSON is dramatically better than XML. In particular, JSON shines as a programming language-independent representation of typical programming language data structures. This is an incredibly important use case and it would be hard to overstate how appallingly bad XML is for this." As someone who has actually programmed these, I can attest to the truth of that statement. Anyhow, just for fun, I've created a JSON version of OLDaily.

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