[erlang-questions] BERT vs protobuf in the erlang world

Vincent de Phily vincent.dephily@REDACTED
Wed Aug 24 14:56:02 CEST 2011

On Tuesday 23 August 2011 16:37:41 Steve Davis wrote:
> Why not term_to_binary() i.e. external erlang term format...?
> ...a genuine question looking for reasoning/insight from those more
> experienced.

BERT is exactly that, plus some checks to remove data types like erlang pids 
which should not exist in a language-agnostic format. BERT is faster than 
similar formats in the erlang VM, but that's an erlang-specific artefact. In 
the outside world, msgpack and bjson have more traction and more speed.
Vincent de Phily

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