By now you’re likely aware of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON). Heck, I’d be willing to bet that there’s even a good chance that you’ve used it for one reason or another. And, honestly, I’m sure that reason was a good one. JSON has become ubiquitous in the software industry because it provides developers with a simple and flexible way of managing data.

In the context of databases, JSON was often thought of as something you’d use with NoSQL solutions. However, over the past few years, JSON integrations have made their way into the relational world. And for good reason. The ability to store JSON documents within a relational database allows you to create hybrid data models, containing both structured and semi-structured data, and enjoy all of the benefits of JSON without having to sacrifice the advantages of relational databases (e.g. SQL and all things data integrity).

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