A structured data transfer protocol. It is simpler, more compact and faster than XML, because binary data is optimized for the minimum size of the message.

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First released 2008
Developed by Google
Latest stable version Protobuf 3
Used by Twitter, Google, Fflick

Interesting facts

Protocol Buffers are similar to the Apache Thrift (used by Facebook) or Microsoft Bond protocols, offering as well a concrete RPC protocol stack to use for defined services called gRPC.


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