The tech thing that annoys me most frequently is when people insist JSON is better than XML. So much breath, so much time, is wasted by those setting technology standards on this non-issue!
XML is no harder to parse than JSON, whether you're writing your own parser or reusing something from your language's standard library. Especially when you add the schema validation & namespacing that standards organizations rely on.
It's a nice idea, but my concern is that there's no coherent way to talk about 'actual data format'.
Even in a simple computer program, the same data is encoded differently at the physical level, the database level, the object level in application code, and the transport or syndication level. Once we start talking about the wider world of different database types and programming languages, this variability increases still. Which is the 'actual data format'? None!
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