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The JSON syntax has never seemed complicated. I have found JSON's pain point to be the plethora of Java implementations. Compare the Java libraries listed on JSON.org and you won't find a consistent treatment. I've written several projects with GWT, where there is one (very limited) JSON library for the client side (which wraps JavaScript), while it's take-your-pick on the server side. GWT also includes the com.google.web.bindery.autobean packages, yet another approach for POJO <-> JSON. How does this book help me get my head around these implementations? Is the book opinionated about implementation, or does it survey the different approaches and discuss trade offs?
 
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See this topic for some discussion of backend JSON libraries.

I agree with your point. JSON and JavaScript enjoy (obviously) a close relationship, but JSON in many ways has impedance with languages such as Java. Because there is no standardized API that libraries need adhere to, each one has rolled their own, and choosing which to use can be perplexing (unless the choice has been made for you by choice of framework).

Personally, I'm most familiar with Gson from my time working with the Play! 1.2 framework.
 
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The book's topical content is JSON (Quick) Syntax Reference, and thus details how to construct JSON data structures. It does not cover what to do with the data structure post-parsing, and focuses on JavaScript more than Java.
 
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