But JSON is neither esoteric, nor does it have to involve programming. It is just a data format that’s easy on the eyes for both humans and computers. This is one reason why it’s become one of the preferred data formats of choice for programmers and major Web applications.
JSON is just structured text, like CSV (comma-separated values) and XML. However, CSV typically is used to store spreadsheet-like data, with each line representing a row and each comma denoting a column. XML and JSON can describe data with nested information; for example, a list of users and the last 20 tweets belonging to each user. JSON, however, is more lightweight than XML and easier to read.
In other words, if someone tells you that a website’s data comes in JSON form, this is great news. Read more