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** Reply to message from David Byrden <David@Byrden.com> on Tue, 29 Oct 2002
12:34:16 +0000

> "Danny Ayers" <danny666@virgilio.it> wrote:
>  >> it's relatively simple to modify data saved from version x to
>  >> allow loading into version x++, something that can't be done with Java's
>  >> own serialization....

> Actually, Java serialisation HAS a powerful versioning capability.
> It requires adding custom nontrivial code to the class, or at least
> to the later versions of the class; but it can be done.

Larry Cable once apologised to me for 2 things in Java, while he was still at
Sun: applets & Java serialisation.  He felt then that XML was a far better
solution than Java serialisation.  Not that I've kept up with how Java
serialisation has moved on since then (2000), but I wonder if it has really
improved enough, particularly the fact that deserialisation was slower than
parsing the equivalent XML.

Anthony B. Coates, Information & Software Architect
MDDL Editor (Market Data Definition Language)


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