Twitter Drop XML
Twitter To Deprecate XML On Streaming APIs
Twitter have announced they will drop support for XML on all Streaming APIs on December 6th, 2010. This deprecation will not apply to the Search and REST APIs, but all clients requesting XML from stream.twitter.com will be affected. Twitter are currently encouraging users connected to an XML-based Twitter Streaming API to migrate the code to consume JSON by the December 6th deadline. But, what does the community think about this? “Meh,” writes Norman Walsh. To him, whether you use JSON or XML all depends on the task at hand.
Despite the level-headed tone of his blog, he can't resist questioning JSON's limitations: “I look forward to seeing what the JSON folks do when they are asked to develop richer APIs. When they want to exchange less well structured data, will they shoehorn it into JSON? I see occasional mentions of a schema language for JSON, will other languages follow?”