The process of storing and retrieving objects in an external file is called serialization. Writing to a file is referred to as serializing the object, and reading an object from a file is called deserializing an object. See ObjectOutputStream ObjectInputStream DataInputStream DataOutputStream
[ September 15, 2003: Message edited by: Donald R. Cossitt ]
Hi, To make objects persistent i.e permanent we need to save them on the harddisk or some media. Saving the objects and making them persistent is called Object Serialization and reverse process is called Deserialization. Cheers, Gaya3
To be real picky, I'd separate serialization issues from persistence and files. It just turns an object into a string or stream of bytes. Nearly anything can be done with the serialized data. For example, the same terms are used in sending an object "over the wire" in a distributed application. The sender serializes the object to a stream and the receiver deserializes and recreates the object. Some remote protocols do all this for you, some make you do the work.
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