SAX2: DTDDeclHandler (minimalist position)

Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at
Fri Apr 2 19:40:17 BST 1999

At 10:57 AM -0500 3/31/99, Bill la Forge wrote:
>From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo at>
>>>Using objects for constants can also cause problems with persistent
>>>data, if you were depending on a singularity and testing with ==.
>>This isn't a problem with the syntax I've described because there is only a
>>fixed set of objects in which identity comparisons are the same as equality
>How do you maintain singularities when deserializing a JavaBean which
>contains a reference to one of these objects?
>That is to say, you have a constant which references an object. No problem.
>Now you have a bean with a variable which has been assigned the constant
>value. No problem.
>Now you save the bean. No problem.
>Now you deserialize the bean. No problem.
>Now you test the value of the variable in the bean with ==. Woops. The test
>always returns false.

You can use custom readObject() and writeObject() methods to keep
singletons single if necessary.  I discuss this very example (with a
different singleton) in Chapter 11 of Java I/O.

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