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July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

gRPC versus REST: Let the battle begin.

Alex Borysov (Netflix), Mykyta Protsenko (Netflix)
2:35pm3:15pm Thursday, July 19, 2018
Evolutionary architecture
Location: Portland 251
Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ****.
(4.46, 13 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Software engineers, technical leaders, and architects

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of microservices architecture, REST APIs, and RPC as a concept

What you'll learn

  • Understand the benefits and drawbacks of gRPC and REST


Are you developing microservices or just considering splitting your monolith? And what is the right way for your services to communicate with each other?

Alex Borysov and Mykyta Protsenko compare gRPC, a modern high-performance RPC framework from Google, and REST, an established architectural pattern, leaving no stone unturned, outlining landmines, and sharing best practices—all to help you determine the right choice for your project. Let’s get ready to rumble!

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Alex Borysov


Alex Borysov is a senior software engineer at Netflix. He is a clean coder and a test-driven developer with solid experience in building and running world-scale software systems. During his career Alex developed and ran machine learning infrastructure for payments fraud detection at Google, large-scale backends at Nest, microservice architecture for world-leading social casino games, and core infrastructure services for a unicorn startup in Silicon Valley with more than 300 million users.

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Mykyta Protsenko


Mykyta Protsenko is a senior software engineer at Netflix. Mykyta is passionate about all things scalable, from coding to deploying to monitoring. He has solid experience building high-performance backends for a variety of applications at leading Silicon Valley companies, including top-rated social mobile games and billing platforms. Mykyta is the author of Henka, a Gradle plug-in for Terraform. You can find him speaking at conferences such as Devoxx Belgium/Ukraine/UK, JavaDay Kyiv, and others.

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07/30/2018 10:52am PDT

Vaibhav, here are the slides:

Vaibhav Shah |
07/21/2018 1:18pm PDT

Hi. Please send link to slides and example project