Definition – What is Serialization

Serialization is a method of translating data especially structured data that can be stored in a specific format in a file or on a hard drive. The translated data can be reconstructed with different computer network environment. In this case, the translated data again use the serialization rules to be constructed. It is also used to transfer data through wires.  Serialization is just a feature of object-oriented programming language.  But not all language support serialization without a few.

Serialization also has some interesting uses in computer science. In software development, it is a very helpful feature. Because it can short data in a database, it can distribute object in an object-oriented programming language, it also can be used as changes detecting tool in time-varying data.

Languages that support serialization

Few numbers of object-oriented programming language directly support serialization features. This feature directly serialized the program object in a specific format into a specific file.  languages that do not support serialization, there are libraries available for those languages to support this feature.

Built-in Serialization languages:

  • Java (Learn more about Java Serializable)
  • Javascript
  • Python
  • PHP
  • Delphi
  • Ruby
  • Haskell
  • Julia
  • Lisp
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Smalltalk
  • Rebol
  • R
  • .NET Framework
  • Swift
  • C/C++
  • CFML
  • Perl
  • Ocaml

As we may know JSON is light plain-text data transmit object that is alternative to XML. It is also used in client-side communication in the web application. Here Serialization helps to alternate the format. YAML is also similar to XML and JSON for alternating the data formats.