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From Andrus Adamchik <>
Subject Re: 4.1 templates with relationships
Date Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:31:46 GMT

> On Jul 18, 2018, at 4:19 PM, Andrus Adamchik <> wrote:
>> On Jul 18, 2018, at 4:04 PM, Maik Musall <> wrote:
>>> BTW, with your Gson serialization, how do you deal with controlled serialization
of essentially infinite graphs? Do you provide a spec of how deep to go down the relationships
>> I don't have that problem in my experimentation project because I can use an ExclusionStrategy
there that solves it. If actual cyclic references need to be expressed, I guess that would
be a custom solution with semantics encoded in JSON that the consumer on the other end would
need to know about. But I'm not trying to serialize my entire database to someone :)
> I was asking as LinkRest provides essentially such framework / semantics. And it is far
from trivial on the backend.

[Sorry didn't finish my thought... ]

Periodically someone would ask "how do I serialize Cayenne objects to JSON". Which to me means
"is there a JSON serialization library without the complexity of LinkRest that produces readable
JSON and allows to control serialization depth". But maybe I am overthinking it and typical
use cases are simple and can be handled with ExclusionStrategy or a similar simple rule set.

If you can make GSON work, you should post an example somewhere. This seems like a popular


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