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From Andrus Adamchik <>
Subject Re: JSON serialization
Date Thu, 20 May 2010 14:48:40 GMT
Yes, if you do it uncontrolled, it can become a problem. I started a  
prototype of a smarter serialization framework (based on XStream BTW)  
to solve this exact problem: 

The main idea is to define a subgraph of the model to serialize and  
let Cayenne/XStream do the work. In a way it is similar to how  
prefetches are specified - a bunch of path's from the root entity:

Subgraph<Table2> subgraph = new Subgraph<Table2>(Table2.class,  

XStreamSerializer serializer = new XStreamSerializer();
serializer.serialize(object, subgraph, out);

The prototype has a few unresolved issues and I currently have no time  
to deal with them, but the idea looks solid.


On May 20, 2010, at 5:38 PM, Juergen Saar wrote:

> Years ago we implermented a serialization into xml ... if not only
> attributes, but also relations are serialized, you run into deep  
> trouble ...
> we stopped this experiment ...
> 2010/5/20 Kuhns, John <>
>> I am looking for the best method of serializing/de-serializing
>> CayenneDataObjects as JSON. I've written my own class for now, but am
>> interested in hearing about a good method to use either XStream,  
>> Jackson or
>> some other library.
>> John Kuhns

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