Rest of the Story:

{“name”:”frank”, “age”:”21”},
{“name”:”frank”, “age”:”21”},
} }

Squiggles, Squares, Colons and Commas

    * Squiggly brackets act as 'containers' * Square brackets holds arrays * Names and values are separated by a colon. * Array elements are separated by commas

JSON is like XML because:

    * They are both 'self-describing' meaning that values are named, and thus 'human readable' * Both are hierarchical. (i.e. You can have values within values.) * Both can be parsed and used by lots of programming languages * Both can be passed around using AJAX (i.e. httpWebRequest)

JSON is UNlike XML because:

    * XML uses angle brackets, with a tag name at the start and end of an element: JSON uses squiggly brackets with the name only at the beginning of the element. * JSON is less verbose so it's definitely quicker for humans to write, and probably quicker for us to read. * JSON can be parsed trivially using the eval() procedure in JavaScript * JSON includes arrays {where each element doesn't have a name of its own} * In XML you can use any name you want for an element, in JSON you can't use reserved words from javascript

On the server-side you can easily serialize/deserialize your objects to/from JSON. For .net programmers you can use libraries like to do this automatically for you (using reflection i assume), or you can generate your own custom code to perform it even faster on a case by case basis.