The advantages of JSON as a lightweight, interoperable data format have secured its place as the favored mechanism for serializing and transporting data on the web. However, most applications still benefit from or require validation of client-submitted data. Enter the JSON Schema spec, which lets you describe the structure of JSON data for a particular application, for both documentation and validation purposes.
Though JSON Schema code is by design human-readable, building a complex schema with nested and repeating sections in a text-only editor becomes time consuming and error-prone quickly.
There are several reasons why an enterprise-grade, graphical JSON Schema editor is an asset for developers:
- Graphical view and intelligent entry helpers speed development
- Those new to JSON Schema can rapidly build a schema using the graphical view
- Allows incremental data modeling by which you generate a JSON Schema based on an existing JSON instance
- XML to JSON conversion makes it easy to move between formats as required
Let’s look at each of these ideas more closely and see how they’re implemented in XMLSpy.
Advantages of a Graphical JSON Schema Editor
Structured as a set of nested containers – much like XML Schema – JSON Schema simply lends itself to a graphical view. Approaching a schema visually allows for rapid development and visualization of structure. Compare the visual representation below to its corresponding text-only code.
Even for a relatively simple schema, the graphical view is easier to define and understand.
As you’re working, intelligent entry helpers make it easy to define details and constraints and make valid editing choices.
Generating a JSON Schema
It’s not necessary to start at the beginning by defining a schema. For incremental data modeling, simply load a JSON instance and let XMLSpy generate the JSON Schema for you. You can refine it further or use it immediately for documentation of the data structure and/or data validation.
Convert XML to JSON
You don’t have to choose between XML and JSON – and your IDE of choice shouldn’t either. XMLSpy offers one-click conversion from JSON to XML and vice versa, and powerful XML and XML Schema development tools.
If you’re familiar with the XML Schema Editor in XMLSpy, the JSON Schema Editor will be an instant friend. At the same time, its graphical editing paradigm makes it easy to grasp for those new to XMLSpy.
With support for JSON Schema editing, validation, conversion, and intelligent editing of JSON instances, XMLSpy provides an enterprise-grade approach to JSON development that lets you capitalize on its advantages even more readily.
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