RE: Is this some obscure but correct terminology?

Subject: RE: Is this some obscure but correct terminology?
From: "Lisa Hickling" <Lisa -dot- Hickling -at- realsuitesoftware -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 09:35:56 -0400

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon North

dehydration means converting an object instance through serialization
into an XML stream.
hydration, or more correctly rehydration, means converting a serialized
XML stream (back) into an object instance.

Frankly, he'd have been better off simply calling it serialisation, if
that's what he means. As it stands, the sentence is
actually meaningless - ASCII is a character representation not a format.
XML uses Unicode, of which ASCII is a subset,
so an (English) XML structure (whatever that might be - I assume he
means the instance and not the structure as defined by
the DTD or XML Schema) is most likely in ASCII anyway. Does he perhaps
means removing the markup to convert it to
raw ASCII and back? If so, he's not only barking up the wrong with tree
with terms hydration and dehydration - he's stumbling around in the
wrong wood.

I'd have to agree with Simon's comment. "Serialization" is the generic
term for instance-to-instance conversion of objects to XML.
Deserialization describes the reverse. These terms will also be better
understood by wider XML audiences that are not necessarily Java oriented
(read: old Microsofties like me). If your entire audience definitely
uses XML within a Java context then you might use "dehydrate/rehydrate"
in accordance with Simon's definition. If not, then you have a case for

As to the sentence's meaning, it's probably just developerOverSpeak
describing what already is implied in the simple words "serialize" and

Lisa H.

"The finest language is mostly made up of simple unimposing words."
George Eliot

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