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Encode data in an efficient yet extensible format.

Google Protocol Buffers are a flexible, efficient, automated mechanism for serializing structured data -- think XML, but smaller, faster, and simpler. You define how you want your data to be structured once, then you can use special generated source code to easily write and read your structured data to and from a variety of data streams and using a variety of languages. You can even update your data structure without breaking deployed programs that are compiled against the old format. You specify how you want the information you're serializing to be structured by defining protocol buffer message types in .proto files. Each protocol buffer message is a small logical record of information, containing a series of name-value pairs.

To install protobuf-cpp, paste this in macOS terminal after installing MacPorts

sudo port install protobuf-cpp

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