what does serilization mean?

when we say a class is "serializable", what does that mean exactly? thanks.
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aozarovCommented:
it means to transform a class instance into an encoded byte array which you can then save/ transfer.
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aozarovCommented:
Only classes that are marked as Serializable (using the java interface java.io.Serializable or java.io.Externalizable can be serialized).
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