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Apache Thrift: Software framework for scalable cross-language services development. The Apache Thrift software framework, for scalable cross-language services development, combines a software stack with a code generation engine to build services that work efficiently and seamlessly between C++, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, Erlang, Perl, Haskell, C#, Cocoa, JavaScript, Node.js, Smalltalk, OCaml and Delphi and other languages; Avro: *A data serialization framework *. It is a row-oriented remote procedure call and data serialization framework developed within Apache's Hadoop project. It uses JSON for defining data types and protocols, and serializes data in a compact binary format.

Apache Thrift and Avro can be primarily classified as "Serialization Frameworks" tools.

Apache Thrift is an open source tool with 6.61K GitHub stars and 3K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Thrift's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Apache Thrift has a broader approval, being mentioned in 15 company stacks & 20 developers stacks; compared to Avro, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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What is Apache Thrift?

The Apache Thrift software framework, for scalable cross-language services development, combines a software stack with a code generation engine to build services that work efficiently and seamlessly between C++, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, Erlang, Perl, Haskell, C#, Cocoa, JavaScript, Node.js, Smalltalk, OCaml and Delphi and other languages.

What is Avro?

It is a row-oriented remote procedure call and data serialization framework developed within Apache's Hadoop project. It uses JSON for defining data types and protocols, and serializes data in a compact binary format.

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