I can easily see the argument that JSON is easier to parse, but is it really better? Are the benefits really worth it? If you are going to use JSON, it is best to use it as the second form in your API. JSONP is a technique for using a third-party service that acts as a proxy for your API.
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JSON is the “standard” way of representing JSON in most programming languages. JSONP is the “improved” way of representing JSON, in that it allows you to write your code once and then call it from anywhere in your code. JSONP is also widely used in Google’s AJAX-powered search engine “Google Maps for Search” which is one of the most popular AJAX-powered search engines in the world.
JSON is the standard way to represent objects in a programming language. In a JSON file you can store arbitrary data. JSONP is an improvement of this standard by allowing you to store data that is not itself a JSON object.
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While JSON and JSONP are both valid ways to store data, they do have their own drawbacks. JSON is more difficult to use, and makes the data more difficult to parse. It is also generally easier to write than JSONP. JSONP is often regarded as a better data format because it can allow you to do data-fetching before the page is fully loaded. JSON on the other hand, does not provide much of this functionality.
Read below on how JSON and JSONP solve the data-fetching problem.
JSON is a text format that can be used to represent any kind of data. You store information in a string that can be used to do things like look up information or to display a data structure. It is simple to use, and makes it easy to parse, so it is usually considered the preferred format.
If you want to retrieve information from the server and process it before the page is fully loaded, you would use JSON. If you want to retrieve a page’s information and process it before the page is fully loaded, you would use JSONP. So if you are reading a list of URLs, and you need to get the list of information for each one, you may fetch the data and process it before the page is fully loaded using JSON.