The Essential Protobuf Guide for Python
Are you already making use of Protobuf for serializing your data? If you aren't, read this post to find out what you are missing out on!
Protocol buffers (Protobuf) are a language-agnostic data serialization format developed by Google. Protobuf is great for the following reasons:
- Low data volume: Protobuf makes use of a binary format, which is more compact than other formats such as JSON.
- Persistence: Protobuf serialization is backward-compatible. This means that you can always restore previous data, even if the interfaces have changed in the meantime.
- Design by contract: Protobuf requires the specification of messages using explicit identifiers and types.
- Requirement for gRPC: gRPC (gRPC Remote Procedure Call) is an efficient remote procedure call system that makes use of the Protobuf format.