Over a million developers have joined DZone.
{{announcement.body}}
{{announcement.title}}

I Am Feeling The Same About YAML As I Did With JSON A Decade Ago

DZone's Guide to

I Am Feeling The Same About YAML As I Did With JSON A Decade Ago

Kin Lane shares his views on YAML.

· Integration Zone ·
Free Resource

The Future of Enterprise Integration: Learn how organizations are re-architecting their integration strategy with data-driven app integration for true digital transformation.

I have been slowly evolving the data core of each of my research projects from JSON to YAML. I'm still providing JSON, and even XML, Atom, CSV, and other machine-readable representations as part of my research, but the core of each project, which lives in the Jekyll _data folder are all YAML moving forward. 

When I first started using YAML, I didn't much care for it. When the OpenAPI Specification introduced the YAML version, in addition to the JSON version, I wasn't all that impressed. It felt like the early days of JSON back in 2008 when I was making the switch from primarily XML to a more JSON-friendly environment. It took me a while to like JSON because I really liked my XML. Now, it is taking me a while to like YAML because I really like my JSON.

I do not anticipate that JSON will go the same way that XML did for me. I think it will remain a dominant machine-readable format in what I do, but YAML is proving to have more value as the core of my work, especially when it is managed with Jekyll and Github. I am enjoying having been in the industry long enough to see these cycles and be in a position where I can hopefully think more thoughtfully about each one as it occurs.

Make your mark on the industry’s leading annual report. Fill out the State of API Integration 2019 Survey and receive $25 to the Cloud Elements store.

Topics:
integration ,yaml ,json ,xml

Published at DZone with permission of

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}