Java object serialization and deserialization Practice

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When the two processes during the remote communication, they can send all types of data. No matter what type of data, will be in the form of binary sequences transmitted over the network. The sender need to convert the Java object is a sequence of bytes to send on the network; the receiver is required byte sequence must then return to Java objects.

The Java objects into a sequence of bytes is known as object serialization.

Java byte sequence back to the object is called deserialization of objects.

Object serialization There are two main purposes:

1) The sequence of the object permanently saved to the byte hard drive , usually stored in a file;

2) the object on the network to send the byte sequence.

One. The sequence of the JDK class library API on behalf of the object output stream, it's writeObject (Object obj) method can be specified obj parameter object serialization, the resulting sequence of bytes written to a target output stream. input stream on behalf of the object, its readObject () method from a source input stream as a sequence of bytes, then deserialize them into an object, and return it. ,

Serializable and only realized the object of a class Externalizable interfaces can be serialized. Externalizable interfaces inherited from Serializable interface, the interface of the class to achieve Externalizable controlled entirely by its own sequence of actions, but only implement Serializable interface can be serialized using the default mode.

Object serialization, including the following steps:

1) Create an object output stream, it can target other types of packaging an output stream, such as a file output stream;

2) The object output stream through the writeObject () method to write the object.

The object deserialized as follows:

1) Create an object input stream, it can wrap a stream of other types of source inputs, such as file input stream;

2) the input stream object readObject () method to read objects.

Let us look at a corresponding example of the class as follows:

import *;
import java.util.Date;

/ **
* Object serialization and deserialization test class.
* @ Author <a href="mailto:[email protected]"> AmigoXie </ a>
* @ Version 1.0
* Creation date: 2007-9-15 - 21:45:48 PM
* /

public class ObjectSaver {
/ **
* @ Param args
* @ Author <a href="mailto:xiexingxi[email protected]"> AmigoXie </ a>
* Creation date: 2007-9-15 - 21:45:37 PM
* /

public static void main (String [] args) throws Exception {
ObjectOutputStream out = new ObjectOutputStream
(New FileOutputStream ("D:" "objectFile.obj"));

/ / Serialize object

Customer customer = new Customer ("A honey fruit", 24);
out.writeObject ("Hello!");
out.writeObject (new Date ());
out.writeObject (customer);
out.writeInt (123); / / write the basic types of data out.close ();
/ / Deserialize objects

ObjectInputStream in = new ObjectInputStream
(New FileInputStream ("D:" "objectFile.obj"));

System.out.println ("obj1 =" + (String) in.readObject ());
System.out.println ("obj2 =" + (Date) in.readObject ());
Customer obj3 = (Customer) in.readObject ();
System.out.println ("obj3 =" + obj3);
int obj4 = in.readInt ();
System.out.println ("obj4 =" + obj4);
in.close ();

class Customer implements Serializable {
private String name;
private int age;
public Customer (String name, int age) { = name;
this.age = age;

public String toString () {
return "name =" + name + ", age =" + age;

The output is:

obj1 = Hello!

obj2 = Sat Sep 15 22:02:21 CST 2007

obj3 = name = A honey fruit, age = 24

obj4 = 123

Therefore, relatively simple cases, this will not elaborate.

II. Implement the interface Serializable

Serializable interface ObjectOutputStream class can only be serialized objects. By default, ObjectOutputStream by default serialization, this serialization of objects only non-transient instance variables are serialized, serialized objects and not transient instance variables, static variables will not be serialized.

When ObjectOutputStream deserialized by default when the following features:

1) If the memory in the class of the object has not been loaded, so will first load and initialize the class. If the classpath does not exist in the corresponding class files, then throws ClassNotFoundException;

2) During deserialization the class does not call any constructor.

If you want to control the serialization class, serializable class can provide the following forms of writeObject () and readObject () method.

private void writeObject ( out) throws IOException

private void readObject ( in) throws IOException, ClassNotFoundException;

When a Customer object ObjectOutputStream serialize, if the object has a writeObject () method, it will implement this method, otherwise by default serialization. In the object writeObjectt () method, you can first call the ObjectOutputStream's defaultWriteObject () method, making the object output stream before the implementation of the default serialization. Similarly, deserialization can be drawn from the case, but this is defaultReadObject () method.

Some objects contain sensitive information that should not be open to the public. If by default serialize them, then their sequence data transmitted over the network may be criminals to steal. For such information, you can encrypt them after serialization, deserialization when the decryption is required, and then revert to the original information.

The default serialization will serialize the entire object graph, which requires recursively traverse the object graph. If the object graph is complex, recursive traversal needs to consume a lot of space and time, its internal data structures for the two-way list.

In the application, if the variables are changed to some members of the transient type, will save space and time, improve serialization performance.

III. Implement the interface Externalizable

Externalizable interface inherits from the Serializable interface, if a class implements Externalizable interface, this class will be completely controlled by the sequence of their own behavior. Externalizable interface declares two methods:

public void writeExternal (ObjectOutput out) throws IOException

public void readExternal (ObjectInput in) throws IOException, ClassNotFoundException

The former is responsible for serialization, which is responsible for deserialization operations.

In the interface to achieve the object of a class Externalizable deserialized, it will first call the class constructor with no arguments, which is different from the default mode of anti-sequence. If the class constructor with no arguments to delete, or to access the constructor is set to private, or protected default level, it will throw no valid constructor exception.

IV. Serializable class compatibility of different versions of the sequence of

Those who implement the interface Serializable class has a serialized version of that static variable identifier:

private static final long serialVersionUID;

SerialVersionUID values is more than Java runtime environment based on the internal details of classes automatically generated. If the source code of the class was revised and re-compile the new class files generated serialVersionUID values may also change.

Class serialVersionUID default value is totally dependent on the implementation Java compilers, for the same class, with a different Java compiler, which may lead to different serialVersionUID, may also be the same. Oh, ah serialVersionUID order to improve the independence and certainty, it is strongly recommended that a sequence shown in the definition of class serialVersionUID, as it gives a clear value. Explicitly defined serialVersionUID has two purposes:

1) In some cases, I hope the class serialization-compatible on different versions, so need to ensure that different versions of the class have the same serialVersionUID;

2) In some cases, do not want to type the sequence of the different versions compatible, so need to ensure that different versions of the class have different serialVersionUID.

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