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From Kevin Clark <>
Subject Re: Thrift on Wikipedia
Date Sat, 12 Sep 2009 17:48:16 GMT
I think the closest thing to a spec we have is the original whitepaper:

We also have a human readable version provided for some languages in
the json protocol. I'm not sure the set of languages that's available

On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 2:08 AM, Cyber Cobra <> wrote:
> Hi Thrifters! (or whatever you call yourselves),
> I'm a Wikipedia editor and have been working on the relatively new
> article
> , which includes Thrift among the formats compared.
> Currently, a lot of key information on Thrift's wire format is missing
> from the article and I want to rectify that, but I'm not a Thrift
> user. So I'm hoping you all might be able to help.
> Here's the info I'm looking for:
> 1. Is there a specification document for Thrift (besides just the code
> itself)? I was unable to locate one.
> 1A. If "No" for Question 1, any help filling out the row for Thrift in
> the "Comparison of binary formats" table would be much appreciated.
> 2. Does Thrift take inspiration from or base itself on any other
> formats? I don't think so, but just need to double-check.
> 3. Can Thrift store relational data? (i.e. can serialized objects have
> "pointers" to other objects in the same "file"?)
> Thanks, and apologies for the intrusion.
> -- [[User:Cybercobra]]

Kevin Clark

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