My previous article on exploring java serialization is a box office hit. In continuation to that and popular request, I am going to write on how instances are created during serialize and de-serialize process.
There is a mystery. If you strongly believe that the constructor of a class is called everytime when an object is instantiated, then you have got a surprise.
To understand the above, consider the two example scenarios given through diagram,
Therefore, when you serialize an object of HybridCycle or Lion, as a chain it will save the state till Vehicle and Animal classes respectively.
Animal class must have an empty constructor. In the case of Cycle inheritance chain, Vehicle is the last class. Vehicle implicitly extends Object and thus gets access to an empty constructor.
This rule makes sense when you de-serialize. When you de-serialize, the object is not constructed using it’s constructors. Objects are instantiated using the saved state when it was serialized. Deserialization stops at the first non-serializable class and the empy constructor will be used.
This Core Java tutorial was added on 11/12/2011.