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From "Gilles (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (RNG-10) "save" and "restore" using explicit byte array
Date Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:26:21 GMT
Gilles created RNG-10:
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             Summary: "save" and "restore" using explicit byte array
                 Key: RNG-10
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/RNG-10
             Project: Commons RNG
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Gilles
            Assignee: Gilles
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.0


I think that the current implementation of "save" and "restore" (of the internal state of
a RNG) does not gain anything from attempting to hide (using a marker interface) that the
state is represented by a {{byte[]}} primitive array.

Moreover, hiding the concrete class (that implements the marker interface and {{Serializable}})
in the {{BaseProvider}} internal class is also needlessly complicated with no clear benefit.

I propose to replace the marker interface with a concrete class that wraps a {{byte[]}} field
with a public accessor method.
As before, library users do not need to know how the actual state of a RNG is represented
by this field, but can directly serialize the {{byte[]}} field returned by the getter.



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