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Using JSON Data

JSON is the recommended format for working with our Business Reviews Data Feed or our Product Pricing Data Feed.

From Wikipedia:

JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is an open standard format that uses human-readable text to transmit data objects consisting of attribute–value pairs. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML.

Although originally derived from the JavaScript scripting language, JSON is a language-independent data format. Code for parsing and generating JSON data is readily available in a large variety of programming languages.

Viewing JSON Data

Viewing the JSON data from Datafiniti can sometimes be challenging, especially when you're attempting to preview a very large data file.

We've compiled the following list of applications to help you view JSON data, should you need to preview it yourself.  Many of these will provide automatic syntax highlighting, and some, particularly the stand-alone applications, are better-equipped to read very large files.

Application TypeRecommended Applications
Web browser Google Chrome with JSONView, Mozilla Firefox with JSONView
Windows Text Editor EditPadUltraEdit
Mac OS X UltraEdit
Unix/Linux/etc. Vim, Emacs

Automating Your Use of JSON Data

As mentioned above, almost every programming language has built-in tools for working with JSON data.

The following links go to pages that we fill can help you learn how to work with JSON in a variety of common languages:

Additional Notes About Datafiniti JSON Data

The JSON data produced by Datafiniti is actually saved as .txt files.  Each JSON result is new-line separated.