Re: storing data in a desktop app

Lew <>
Tue, 01 Mar 2011 19:08:22 -0500
On 03/01/2011 04:59 PM, Tom Anderson wrote:

Lew wrote:

Given the relative ease of RDBMS programming and the trickiness most
people ignore in handling serialization

Could you expand on this widely-ignored trickiness?

The best explanation is the referenced chapter in /Effective Java/. Mr. Bloch
explains it far better than I can here.

But it boils down to what I already mentioned:

Java serialization also locks your class design into yet another public
interface, only this one includes the private implementation.

You mean because you need to be able to open old files? That's only the case
if you need to be able to open old files.

It's always the case, just not a problem until you need to deserialize old
objects. Just like protected methods are part of the exposed interface, even
if you never create a subtype.

Knowing this, one can protect against it.

At the very least, read the warning, cautions and idioms in /Effective Java/
regarding serialization before you shoot yourself in the foot with it.

You can use serialization if you are sure about its consequences. The
consequences may be managed by your usage pattern, but you still need to know
about the boundaries.

The topic here is data storage. This opens to the door to scenarios where
classes change but persisted information does not. If the scenario of long
product life with data or relation changes over similarly long-lived persisted
data does not apply, or you contain the way that it does, you're still being
responsible for the limits of the approach.

I do not mean to say that one will always shoot oneself in the foot with
serialization, only that ignorance of its limits presents that risk. Really
it is not intended as a standin for a database system.

I completely agree with you that a DBMS is not a perfect fit for all programs,
and that Java's inbuilt serialization can be effective provided one is
responsible for the consequences and the limits.

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

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