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From Heinz Kredel <>
Subject Re: [Math] Serializable (again)
Date Tue, 15 May 2012 15:53:44 GMT

for long term serialization I would also look for an other mechanism than 
implementing Serializable. I would prefere an ASCII/JSON/XML kind of 
externalizable format. This would have the advantage of not being limited 
Java, but open for processing with other languages. 

I did not see use cases in the first place, but there are some:
GAP (group theory) has explicit tables of known groups which can be loaded and 
used for computations. Also many sample problems for computer algebra systems 
are available in such formats (e.g. 


Am Dienstag, 15. Mai 2012, 12:50:15 schrieb Axel:
> Hi
> In my opinion for more advanced uses it makes sense to use tools like
> Googles protocol-buffers for serialization:
> The main advantage is, that you can share data with applications
> written in C++ or Python.

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