JSON (Javascript Object Notation) is growing in popularity as a data format. I am finding I am using it routinely when interfacing with sites such as FreeBase.com and at work when processing datasets using Hadoop.

One great strength of the JSON format is the rich set of tools available to work with the data. One example is JAQL, a JSON query language similar to SQL that works well with Hadoop. A great overview is found here <a href = http://code.google.com/p/jaql/wiki/JaqlOverview > here </a> he strength of JAQL is it allows users simple, extendable code to manipulate data that is in a non-proprietary, readable and commonly used file format.

I have added a JAQL example in the data section and to the data Management Quick Comparison.