An implementation of Google's Protocol Buffers for Erlang, based on ngerakines/erlang_protobuffs.
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README

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This module is a composite of other open source modules and original code to make interfacing with the Protocol Buffers protocol easy.

Encode / Decode

Encoding is simple.

1> protobuffs:encode(1, 1, uint32).
<<8,1>>
2> erlang:iolist_to_binary([
    protobuffs:encode(1, <<"Nick">>, string),
    protobuffs:encode(2, 25, uint32)
]).
<<10,4,78,105,99,107,16,25>>

Decoding is simple too.

1> protobuffs:decode(<<8, 1>>, uint32).
{{1, 1}, <<>>}
2> protobuffs:decode(<<10,4,78,105,99,107,16,25>>, bytes).
{{1, <<"Nick">>}, <<16,25>>}
3> protobuffs:decode(<<16,25>>, bytes).
{{2, 25}, <<>>}

Using .proto Files

The main objective of this module is to allow developers to use .proto files easily. This module provides very basic functionality to do so.

Consider the t/simple.proto file.

message Person {
    required string name = 1;
    required string address = 2;
    required string phone_number = 3;
    required int32 age = 4;
}

From that file we can create an Erlang module that can encode and decode the Person message into records.

1> protobuffs_compile:scan_file("simple.proto").
ok
2> simple_pb:decode_person(<<10,4,78,105,99,107,18,13,77,111,...>>).
{person,<<"Nick">>,<<"Mountain View">>, <<"+1 (000) 555-1234">>,25}
3> simple_pb:encode_person({person, <<"Nick">>, <<"Mountain View">>,
    <<"+1 (000) 555-1234">>,25}).
<<10,4,78,105,99,107,18,13,77,111,117,110,116,97,105,110,32,86,105,...>>

How cool is that? From .proto files, we create modules that export encode and decode functions for the messages defined.

no_debug_info

The protobuffs_compile module relies on the pokemon_pb module being compiled with debug info. This is because pokemon_pb serves as a template for generated _pb modules. Running protobuffs_compile:scan_file/1 reads the erlang forms from the pokemon_pb.beam file and expands and alters those forms to create the generated module.

Building with rebar

To compile %>./rebar compile

To run all tests %>./rebar eunit %>./rebar ct

Se rebar doc for more information.

CREDITS

Some of the protobuffs.erl module came from code written by Brian Buchanan.

Some of the protobuffs_compile.erl module came from code written by Tim Fletcher.

The rest of it and it's test suite was written by Nick Gerakines. Major contributions have been made by Jacob Vorreuter.