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What is the use of serialization?

 
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Why i want to use serialization in my program?

1) For simply storing and restoring an state of object.
If you say yes, in which circumstances, i need to save an object??

2) Is there any other purpose or necessary to use serialization??

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Serialization is also useful for sending objects across a network.
 
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I have used it to persist the state of an object to a file between shutdown and restarts of the application.
 
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Was it you sent the PM yesterday asking what happens if you try to snd an object across a network without serialising it? That sort of question should be asked on the open forum, so everybody can read it.
I said, don't know but I think it would make a right mess!
 
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