JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a textual data interchange format and language-independent.

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JSON is the most popular log type used by Loggly customers because it makes it relatively easy for you to benefit from automated parsing and analytics.

JSON support is the most interesting new Postgres feature of the last few years. It relaxes the primary constraint of SQL databases — the rigid schema structure — by letting you store semistructured data in your tables alongside other data. It also decisively counters the NoSQL trend by giving users document store-like semantics in a proven, mature database technology.

With new SQL server, you can have the best of both worlds. In your data models, you can choose when to use traditional structures and when to introduce NoSQL concepts.

Because a JSON string equates to a plain text string, SQL Server and any other relational database management system (RDBMS) will let you work with JSON, as they all allow for storing strings, no matter their presentation. That capability is enhanced in SQL Server 2016, the first-ever version that lets developers query within JSON strings as if the JSON were organized into individual columns. What's more, you can read and save existing tabular data as JSON.