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From Randy Abernethy <>
Subject Re: Thrift in an embedded setting
Date Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:56:52 GMT
Do you need a C impel or can you use C++11 on the embedded sys?

On Saturday, January 9, 2016, Dane Mason <> wrote:

> Hi, I'm part of a project that makes heavy use of Thrift and it's RPC
> functionality across Java, C++, and Python. This project now needs to
> incorporate an embedded component with 256kb ram running on a CortexM3.
> After a bit of research, I've decided that there is no straight forward way
> of using Thrift in this context out of the box. We are not willing to bring
> GLib in as a dependency, nor are we willing to use C++ and Boost. What we
> simply need is a way to reuse the binary protocol and most importantly, the
> IDL used throughout the rest of the project. We are using many large
> structs, so maintaining 4 hand written implementations across our 4
> languages doesn't make sense.
> Some solutions I've considered:
> 1. Manually write code serialize and deserialize the thrift binary
> protocol.
> - We are dealing with many large structs, and ensuring correctness of this
> handwritten code is tedious and error prone.
> 2. Use a JSON protocol and use existing JSON parsers on the C side.
> - Again error prone, may not be performant enough for our use case.
> 3. *Possibly *create something like a "TFlatBufferProtocol"  (or any other
> Serialization format with an IDL)
> - I haven't looked into this in depth, it seems messy and hard to maintain.
> I'd appreciate any advice you all have to offer here.
> Thanks,
> Dane

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