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gRPC and Protocol Buffers as an alternative to JSON REST APIs

gRPC is an open-source remote procedure call framework and Protocol Buffers is a mechanism for serializing structured data. Both were developed by Google and are used in their internal and public APIs. Other big players such as Cisco and Netflix already benefit from this technology for mission critical applications.

In this post, we will learn the core features of gRPC and Protobuf, and compare to JSON REST APIs.

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I'm a huge proponent of Protocol Buffers and other similar libraries.
Every time I see huge blocks of JSON/XML wrangling I shed a single tear...

I'm not familiar with JavaScript, so maybe JSON is only sane there.