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Protocol Buffers Handbook

By : Clément Jean
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Protocol Buffers Handbook

By: Clément Jean

Overview of this book

Explore how Protocol Buffers (Protobuf) serialize structured data and provides a language-neutral, platform-neutral, and extensible solution. With this guide to mastering Protobuf, you'll build your skills to effectively serialize, transmit, and manage data across diverse platforms and languages. This book will help you enter the world of Protocol Buffers by unraveling the intricate nuances of Protobuf syntax and showing you how to define complex data structures. As you progress, you’ll learn schema evolution, ensuring seamless compatibility as your projects evolve. The book also covers advanced topics such as custom options and plugins, allowing you to tailor validation processes to your specific requirements. You’ll understand how to automate project builds using cutting-edge tools such as Buf and Bazel, streamlining your development workflow. With hands-on projects in Go and Python programming, you’ll learn how to practically apply Protobuf concepts. Later chapters will show you how to integrate data interchange capabilities across different programming languages, enabling efficient collaboration and system interoperability. By the end of this book, you’ll have a solid understanding of Protobuf internals, enabling you to discern when and how to use and redefine your approach to data serialization.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Serialization Primer

Welcome to the first chapter of this book: Serialization Primer. Whether you are experienced in serialization and deserialization or new to the concept, we are here to learn what these concepts are and how they relate to Protocol Buffers (Protobuf). So, let’s get started!

At its heart, Protobuf is all about serialization and deserialization. So, before starting to write our own proto files, generate code, and use it in code, we will need to understand what Protobuf is used for and why it is used. In this primer, we will lay the foundations so that we can build up our knowledge of Protobuf on top of them.

In this chapter, we are going to cover the following topics:

  • Serialization’s goals
  • Why use Protobuf?

At the end of this chapter, you will be confident about your knowledge of serialization and deserialization. You will understand what Protobuf is doing and why it is important to have such a data format in our software engineer toolbox.