XML for Java serialization

Tyler Baker tyler at infinet.com
Fri Jan 29 15:37:01 GMT 1999

Paul Prescod wrote:

> Tyler Baker wrote:
> >
> > With respect to using XML as an alternative serialization format for Java, the big
> > limitation here is that things really break down whenever you try and externalize Java
> > objects that are not structured in tree form.  Solving this problem is not impossible,
> > but it certainly is difficult.
> I don't think that this problem is particularly hard. Java has references,
> XML has ID references. You can easily model one with the other.
> The only probably is that Java objects serialized as documents are going
> to be <VERY> <VERBOSE>.

Well it is pretty simple to say IDs are the answer.  They are indeed a possibility.  Try
coming up with an implementation which resolves circular references and can be rebuilt back
into its original in-memory data structure.  Implementation is not as simple as it sounds...


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