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- From: Tyler Baker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Paul Prescod <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 10:31:04 -0500
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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