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  • From: Stefan Haustein <haustein@kimo.cs.uni-dortmund.de>
  • To: Ken MacLeod <ken@bitsko.slc.ut.us>, xml-dev@XML.ORG, dbox@develop.com
  • Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 11:05:50 +0100

Ken MacLeod wrote:
> How do you mean "like in the array case"? 
> For reference, using the generic record serialization to
> serialize objects seems natural to me.

Imagine an abstract Class Drawable with fields x and y and 
a subclass Circle with an additional field r.

An array property containing  
GraphicsObjects would be serialized as

<bar xsd:type="Drawable[]">

A simple property "foo" containing 
a single Drawable of type Circle would 
be serialized as

<foo xsd:type="Circle">

Thus, you cannot implement a simple 
method that serializes an object
including the type information:

In the case of a simple property,
you need some "magic" to put the
type information into the 
type attribute of the property 

It is not impossible, but it is
ugly from an OOP and SML point
of view.
Best regards,

> Stefan Haustein <haustein@kimo.cs.uni-dortmund.de> writes:
> > "Box, Don" wrote:
> > 
> > Right. The SOAP approach is similar in spirit to the SML approach
> > - that is, if your goal is to use XML as a serialziation format
> > for your application's types, Section 8 defines a uniform method
> > for translating standard programming language constructs (e.g.,
> > struct, class, array) into XML and XML Schema. This method is
> > largely a formalization of element-normal-form encoding (which is
> > a/the core concept in SML).
> Hm, if I read the specs right, something looking more or less like 
> object serialization is described in " Generic Records".
> Wouldn't it be more appropiate to have an own section for object
> serialization (e.g. The "generic record" serialization
> makes it uneccesarily difficult for objects to serialize 
> themselves completely: The object description is broken into 
> the type attribute of the property element and the object
> content itself. Couln't objects just always be serialized
> like in the array case? 

Stefan Haustein
University of Dortmund
Computer Science VIII

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