XML, it seems, has run out of steam for Google.
Google said Monday that it has created an open-source project for a data interchange format called Protocol Buffers.
The software is meant to solve the problem of sharing information in a wide range of formats between servers at high speed. It's also designed to let companies like Google upgrade software on a network of connected servers without causing hiccups.
Google thought of using XML as a lingua franca to send messages between its different servers. But XML can be complicated to work with and, more significantly, creates large files … Read more