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Re: checking in links to source control

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: checking in links to source control
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 22:26:36 GMT
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In article <address@hidden>, Greg A. Woods wrote:
>[ On Friday, September 14, 2001 at 14:13:20 (-0700), Edward Peschko wrote: ]
>> Subject: Re: checking in links to source control
>> Sorry you haven't heard the term. Its pretty common in OO - here the things
>> being serialized are objects, they are being serialized into bytes, and they
>> are being reconstructed by a remote host.
>I generally go for a copy of one of my many dictionaries, or some
>encyclopedia, or even, to learn the meaning of something.

Serialization has a special meaning in computing (more than one, in
fact). An ordinary dictionary won't do; you need a computing dictionary.

>However the specific case of "object serialisation" you described is not
>really applicable outside the OO paradigm, nor to something that's
>primarily attribute control, or even the initiation of actions to
>instantiate attributes.

``Serialization'' in this context means the same thing as
``marshalling''. It's not restricted to the object oriented paradigm.

It just means taking some internal representation of data and
producting some external representation, for transmission or
persistent storage. ``Flattening'' is another word for this.

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