On Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 9:52 PM, Jeff Kesselman
> > There are ways around those kinds of problems. I've used things like XML
> > CLOBs for unstructured parts
> Right.... and then your back to Serialization to create the CLOBS or BLOBS.
> Net value - nil except that you've introduced yet another layer of
> complexity into the problem.
More than "nil". Despite XML's faults, compared to serialization, at
least it's human readable and you can manipulate it with other tools.
Regardless of the data format, you'll be much better off if you can
statically analyze the structure, something that's fundamentally
impossible with serialization.
I'm sorry. but arguing in favor of serialization is on par with
arguing for Cloneable. :-)