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This directory contains example code that uses Protocol Buffers to manage an
address book. Two programs are provided, each with three different
implementations, one written in each of C++, Java, and Python. The add_person
example adds a new person to an address book, prompting the user to input
the person's information. The list_people example lists people already in the
address book. The examples use the exact same format in all three languages,
so you can, for example, use add_person_java to create an address book and then
use list_people_python to read it.
You must install the protobuf package before you can build these.
To build all the examples (on a unix-like system), simply run "make". This
creates the following executable files in the current directory:
add_person_cpp list_people_cpp
add_person_java list_people_java
add_person_python list_people_python
If you only want to compile examples in one language, use "make cpp"*,
"make java", or "make python".
All of these programs simply take an address book file as their parameter.
The add_person programs will create the file if it doesn't already exist.
These examples are part of the Protocol Buffers tutorial, located at:
* Note that on some platforms you may have to edit the Makefile and remove
"-lpthread" from the linker commands (perhaps replacing it with something else).
We didn't do this automatically because we wanted to keep the example simple.
## Go ##
The Go example requires a plugin to the protocol buffer compiler, so it is not
build with all the other examples. See:
for more information about Go protocol buffer support.
First, install the Protocol Buffers compiler (protoc).
Then, install the Go Protocol Buffers plugin
($GOPATH/bin must be in your $PATH for protoc to find it):
go get
Build the Go samples in this directory with "make go". This creates the
following executable files in the current directory:
add_person_go list_people_go
To run the example:
to add a person to the protocol buffer encoded file The file
is created if it does not exist. To view the data, run:
Observe that the C++, Python, and Java examples in this directory run in a
similar way and can view/modify files created by the Go example and vice