Long time Apple-industry developers, Brent Simmons and Manton Reece, this week announced and released JSON Feed Version 1. They say it best:

The JSON Feed format is a pragmatic syndication format, like RSS and Atom, but with one big difference: it’s JSON instead of XML.

For most developers, JSON is far easier to read and write than XML. Developers may groan at picking up an XML parser, but decoding JSON is often just a single line of code.

Our hope is that, because of the lightness of JSON and simplicity of the JSON Feed format, developers will be more attracted to developing for the open web.

Sounds good to me. TMO now has a JSON Feed as well. If you’d like to see it in action, this web-based feed reader should start to give you an idea.

Check It Out: JSON Feed: Syndication without XML, easier for Humans and Machines

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  1. Scott B in DC

    For most developers, JSON is far easier to read and write than XML.

    In most popular scripting languages, there are either builtin functions or libraries that can parse either XML or JSON. If you use perl, my favorite scriting language, you can search CPAN (cpan.org) for libraries that will help you parse an RSS feed. For all Mac users, there are tools available in Automator to deal with RSS feeds.

    Unless you understand the syntax, both are equally difficult to read but they were not meant to be read. These formats were made for computers to process. Thus, the argument of JSON v. RSS is moot. It is just someone who has an agenda wanting to stir the pot for whatever reason they have.

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