Protocol Buffers solve the problem of converting structured data into a flat byte array. They do not solve the problem of communicating that byte array over a network; that's the job of some other library. Sorry to disappoint.
On Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 10:58 AM, Mateusz Berezecki <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>wrote: > > Hello Group, > > I have a question that worries me for some time now, > and I have not found any answer for it. > > How am I supposed to handle messages > spanning multiple packets of a connectionless protocol ? > I am thinking UDP here. > > All is good if the message can be contained inside a single > UDP packet, but what if it does not ? > > What if the message spans K packets ? > ParseFromString no longer works as I don't know > the message length , and how many packets it spans. > > How do I discover the message length dynamically, > after only receiving a part of it??? > > I could of course monitor packets, prepend length information > on top of protobuf message (but this adds yet another > data description layer on top of protobuf, so it defeats > the purpose of having protobufs at all), then start sort of > "journalling" > the packets, and start managing incoming fragments, and merge > them when appropriate and finally deserialize them. > > > But, I thought that it was done within the protobuf (yes, I am > seriously disappointed, > because the whole library is now seriously crippled :-( ) ! > > Apparently it is not. > > So, I started looking at RPC services but this what was > supposed to be a best thing in the whole library, > suddenly suffers from basically no documentation, > and no examples whatsoever. > > > Is there a way to solve my problem in an _elegant_ way ? > I am into a solution that utilizes protobuf's RPC channels/controllers > even though I have no friggin idea how to use them :-) but I have > an intuition that tells me that's the way to do it. > > So, could anyone please describe their experience and some > guidelines (an example would be nice too) on > solving this kind of problem? > > > Mateusz > > > --~--~---------~--~----~------------~-------~--~----~ You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Protocol Buffers" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org To unsubscribe from this group, send email to [EMAIL PROTECTED] For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/protobuf?hl=en -~----------~----~----~----~------~----~------~--~---