Monday, June 29, 2009

Google's Protocol Buffers (for messages and files?)

This is an interesting package:

It can be used for on-the-wire and for file formats. It is much more efficient than XML, and has multiple language API’s (e.g. easier to send a message between apps of different languages). It deals with versioning, and has automated class and serialization code generation.

I haven't used it yet. Any thoughts? How good is it for archive files/pack files? How good is its historical version handling wrt up-converting or semantic changes (like feet to meters)?

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