Re: Serialisation formats

Tom Anderson <>
Sun, 3 Aug 2008 16:41:01 +0100
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On Sun, 3 Aug 2008, Arne Vajh?j wrote:

Tom Anderson wrote:

I'm wondering about something like persisting objects to a database
(HypersonicSQL or similar) and then taking the database table files. It's
not really a serialisation format per se, but it might be interesting to

HypersonicSQL is relational not object oriented AFAIK.

Yes. I was thinking of using an ORM to put things into an RDBMS. Sorry, i
should have made myself clearer there.

My guess would be that most/all databases uses binary serialization.

Yes. I have come across toy databases that don't, and there are situations
like using MS Jet to use a CVS file as a database, but i'd be surprised if
there was a serious database that didn't. And i'd be interested to see how
efficient that binary format was as an object storage medium, once you
include any overhead from the ORM.


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