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From Aaron Mulder <>
Subject Re: Why are gbeans not serialized but the gbean attributes are?
Date Wed, 25 May 2005 14:24:20 GMT
	There are several easy solutions to attributes you don't want to 
Serialize -- such as transient, read/writeObject, or Externalizable.  So I 
don't think the reason is simply that it would be hard to deal with the 
magic attributes.

	Of course, I'm not sure what advantage there would be to requiring 
that all GBeans be Serializable, either, since generally speaking they 
won't work if transferred somewhere over the network without speal 
reconstruction support on the other side...

	The more interesting question is Hiram's point on providing more
advanced support for attribute contruction.  This seems to be one of the
advantages Dain's Spring-based kernel provides.


On Wed, 25 May 2005, Srinath Perera wrote:

> Hi Hiram;
> I will try to give a possible reason ..
> Not all the attributes in the GBeans are serializable, e.g.
> ClassLoader, kernel attributes
> in a GBean are not serializable, and have a special meaning in the
> enviorment it runs.
> those so called magic attributes get the values from the enviorment ..
> so serializing them do not make sense. I belive this is a reason
> making attributes Serializable (only the persitant ones), but not the
> GBeans,
> Thanks
> Srinath
> On 5/21/05, Hiram Chirino <> wrote:
> > I've been trying to analyze the reason why gbean attributes HAVE to be
> > serializable.
> > 
> > The facts are that:
> >   1. A gbean itself does not need to be serializable.
> >   2. Only the gbean attributes are serialized.
> >   3. The de-serialized attributes are injected at runtime to construct
> > the gbean.
> > 
> > My question is why does a gbean get different treatment than attribute?
> >   I've got a feeling it's this way because gbeans are complex objects
> > while most gbean attributes are simple types.  But we are starting to
> > see gbean objects that have complex attribute types.
> > 
> > Why not also give gbean attributes the kind of runtime construction
> > support that is given to gbeans?  If this was done, then you don't
> > force complex attributes to implement the Serializable interfaces.
> > This could go a long way in helping solve some of the serialization
> > issues that are being discussed in other threads.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > Hiram Chirino
> > 
> >

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