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JSON stands for JavaScript Object NotationXML stands for eXtensible Markup Language
JSON is JavaScript basedXML is HTML based
JSON is LightweightXML is Heavyweight
JSON is easy to understandXML is very complex to understand
JSON is data-orientedXML is document-oriented
JSON has objects with a simple "key" → "value" mapping.XML addressing happens on "nodes", which all receive a unique ID via the XML processor.
JSON supports arrayXML doesn't support array
JSON doesn't support commentsXML support comments
JSON supports only text and number data typeXML support many data types such as text, number, images, charts, graphs etc
JSON is sleek, so the data transfer is very fast.XML is verbose, so the data transfer is normally slow.
JSON filename extension is .jsonXML filename extension is .xml

Similarities between JSON and XML

  • Both are open standard.
  • Both are used for transmitting structured data over a network connection.
  • Both are interoperable or language-independent
  • Both supports unicode


Clearly, JSON wins in almost all departments.


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