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Class SerialBinding<E>

  extended by com.sleepycat.bind.serial.SerialBase
      extended by com.sleepycat.bind.serial.SerialBinding<E>
All Implemented Interfaces:

public class SerialBinding<E>
extends SerialBase
implements EntryBinding<E>

A concrete EntryBinding that treats a key or data entry as a serialized object.

This binding stores objects in serialized object format. The deserialized objects are returned by the binding, and their Class must implement the Serializable interface.

For key bindings, a tuple binding is usually a better choice than a serial binding. A tuple binding gives a reasonable sort order, and works with comparators in all cases -- see below.

WARNING: SerialBinding should not be used with Berkeley DB Java Edition for key bindings, when a custom comparator is used. In JE, comparators are instantiated and called internally at times when databases are not accessible. Because serial bindings depend on the class catalog database, a serial binding cannot be used during these times. An attempt to use a serial binding with a custom comparator will result in a NullPointerException during environment open or close.

Class Evolution

SerialBinding and other classes in this package use standard Java serialization and all rules of Java serialization apply. This includes the rules for class evolution. Once an instance of a class is stored, the class must maintain its serialVersionUID and follow the rules defined in the Java specification. To use a new incompatible version of a class, a different ClassCatalog must be used or the class catalog database must be truncated.

If more advanced class evolution features are required, consider using the Direct Persistence Layer.

Constructor Summary
SerialBinding(ClassCatalog classCatalog, Class<E> baseClass)
          Creates a serial binding.
Method Summary
 E entryToObject(DatabaseEntry entry)
          Deserialize an object from an entry buffer.
 Class<E> getBaseClass()
          Returns the base class for this binding.
 ClassLoader getClassLoader()
          Returns the class loader to be used during deserialization, or null if a default class loader should be used.
 void objectToEntry(E object, DatabaseEntry entry)
          Serialize an object into an entry buffer.
Methods inherited from class com.sleepycat.bind.serial.SerialBase
getSerialBufferSize, setSerialBufferSize
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
equals, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait

Constructor Detail


public SerialBinding(ClassCatalog classCatalog,
                     Class<E> baseClass)
Creates a serial binding.

classCatalog - is the catalog to hold shared class information and for a database should be a StoredClassCatalog.
baseClass - is the base class for serialized objects stored using this binding -- all objects using this binding must be an instance of this class.
Method Detail


public final Class<E> getBaseClass()
Returns the base class for this binding.

the base class for this binding.


public ClassLoader getClassLoader()
Returns the class loader to be used during deserialization, or null if a default class loader should be used. The default implementation of this method returns Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader() to use the context class loader for the current thread.

This method may be overridden to return a dynamically determined class loader. For example, getBaseClass().getClassLoader() could be called to use the class loader for the base class, assuming that a base class has been specified.

If this method returns null, a default class loader will be used as determined by the method.


public E entryToObject(DatabaseEntry entry)
Deserialize an object from an entry buffer. May only be called for data that was serialized using objectToEntry(E, com.sleepycat.db.DatabaseEntry), since the fixed serialization header is assumed to not be included in the input data. SerialInput is used to deserialize the object.

Specified by:
entryToObject in interface EntryBinding<E>
entry - is the input serialized entry.
the output deserialized object.


public void objectToEntry(E object,
                          DatabaseEntry entry)
Serialize an object into an entry buffer. The fixed serialization header is not included in the output data to save space, and therefore to deserialize the data the complementary entryToObject(com.sleepycat.db.DatabaseEntry) method must be used. SerialOutput is used to serialize the object.

Note that this method sets the DatabaseEntry offset property to a non-zero value and the size property to a value less than the length of the byte array.

Specified by:
objectToEntry in interface EntryBinding<E>
object - is the input deserialized object.
entry - is the output serialized entry.
IllegalArgumentException - if the object is not an instance of the base class for this binding.

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