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Parse

In programming, to parse something means to convert a package into a more usable state. Often, developers work with data exchange formats, such as JSON, which is designed for server-to-server communication. A JSON response may contain multiple fields that developers need to sort through to find the information they require. In order to make it usable in their specific programming language, developers must convert the package into more usable version to then incorporate into their applications. This synthesis is referred to as parsing.