Re: object serialization

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19 Apr 2007 21:29:57 -0700
On Apr 20, 8:24 am, "Ron AF Greve" <ron@localhost> wrote:

void MCursor::MCursorInfo::Serialize( MArchive& Archive )
 Archive.Serialize ( Event );
 Archive.Serialize ( OffsetX );
 Archive.Serialize ( OffsetY );
 Archive.Serialize ( Animation );


There is one extra complication that this approach doesn't address. As
the file format changes you need to be able to read old versions with
newer software.

There are a few ways of doing this. The way I've used in the past is
that each object also writes a schema number which can then be used to
work out which structure to use. You may get something that looks a
little more like this:

void MCursor::MCursorInfo::Serialize( MArchive& Archive )
    int version = Archive.Version< MCursorInfo >( 2 );
    if ( version >= 1 ) {
        Archive.Serialize( Event );
        Archive.Serialise( OffsetX );
        Archive.Serialise( OffsetY );
    if ( version >= 2 )
        Archive.Serialise( Animation );

You want to arrange for Version to return the version that is to be
used. By passing in the type (I've done it via a template
specialisation, but there are other ways too) it can store a lookup
for overall file version against each schema part so that you can also
save to older file formats.


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