Category Archives: Property List

Mac OS X and iOS include support for JSON and property lists, two generic structured data formats, both in common use in different places. If Stack Overflow is any indication, there's a fair amount of confusion regarding the two. It's true, they're very similar, so much that it's tempting to think the differences are merely syntax choices. In some cases it's possible to read data from one format and write it to the other as-is, with no conversion. But not always. JSON isn't a property list and a property list isn't JSON, but they do have a lot in common. Both of these are generic data formats, in that they're designed to be flexible enough to store structured data for a wide variety of uses. For any given use, neither is likely to be the…

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