Serialization problem

Tom Hawtin Thomas.Hawtin at Sun.COM
Mon Feb 1 00:48:34 UTC 2010

Stephen Colebourne wrote:

> Workarounds include lazily creating the caches in transient fields, 
> bloating the serialzed data, using reflection or creating a dummy inner 
> class to act as the serialized form. All are rubbish solutions.

IMO, a "serial proxy" is a good rubbish solution. Nested classes aren't 
great for serialisation - I suggest a "package private" outer class.

A big issue here is that readObject is not a real constructor. It should 
be. Although even that wouldn't solve all the problems that serial 
proxies can verbosely (or instance, determining actual implementation 


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