Expanded Library

Moving Beyond JSON and XML with Protocol Buffers

by Mike Van Sickle

This course gives an introduction to how to define inter-service messages using Protocol Buffers, with details on how to integrate them into a variety of languages.

What you'll learn

Today's software landscape is increasingly being defined by microservice-based architectures that rely on small applications to coordinate with each other to support the desired features. In this course, Moving Beyond JSON and XML with Protocol Buffers, you will see just how protocol buffers provide a way to enable this communication faster and more efficiently than competing protocols such as XML and JSON. First, you'll see features and practices that are available to allow messages to evolve without breaking older applications. Next, you'll be introduced to the syntax that is used to define messages to be used with Protocol Buffers. Finally, you'll be introduced protocol buffers and the advantages that they can bring to an application. By the end of this course, you'll be prepared to use protocol buffers to efficiently communicate between services while maintaining high performance levels.

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About the author

Michael Van Sickle is an application architect in Akron, Ohio. He started his career as a mechanical engineer, designing components for the automotive industry, before changing to software engineering. He is passionate about learning new programming languages and is comfortable working in Java, C#, JavaScript, PHP, and F#. Mike also loves learning about user experience design and is taking a lead role in his company's attempt to make applications that are elegant and simple. When he i... more

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