On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 06:45:01PM -0500, Julio Merino wrote: | On 11/17/11 1:07 PM, David Young wrote: | > I do think that a binary plist format would be a handy option, however, | > a binary plist is not as useful by itself as an XML plist, because there | > less that you can do to it without specialized tools. | | This may be completely out of topic, but I just though of mentioning | Google's "Protocol Buffers". These seem to serve a similar purpose to | proplib. Protocol Buffers, or protobufs for short, are, in my opinion, | much simpler to represent in their textual form and they can be | converted to a very compact binary form for serialization. | | For more details: | | http://code.google.com/p/protobuf/ | | They don't have a C interface (only C++), but I don't think it'd be that | hard to add one :-P I used these recently in a work project, and will again in the future. The language for declaring the spec is pretty usuable, the compiler (from spec -> C++ bindings) is quick, and the transcoders seemed stable enough. My main complaint with them is the lack of inbuilt framing for transmission over byte-oriented transports; you have to roll your own but that's trivial. Luke.
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