This article is part of a 10-part series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2016. Big Data and Data Analytics APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
For years, REST has been the de facto standard for providers when deciding how to design their API. One alternative to REST is gRPC, an open-source remote procedure call framework that runs on the HTTP/2 protocol. Here we look at the advantages offered by gRPC and what use cases it is suited for.