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deserialize a bean from XML


I was going through below link


I have not understood what author meant by

This Java tip illustrates a method of deserialize a bean from XML. For developer information, when a Bean instance is serialized, it is converted into a data stream and written to storage. Any applet, application, or tool that uses that Bean can then "reconstitute" it by deserialization.
Please advise. Any ideas, resources, sample code highly appreciated. thanks in advance
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Any instance of a java class which is "bean compliant" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaBeans
They are serializable, have a 0-argument constructor, and allow access to properties using getter and setter methods.) can be persisted into XML and loaded back into in memory object instances using




import java.beans.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.io.*;

public class SerializeMe {

    private String _name;
    private Date _date;
    private int _id;

    // Need a default constructor to be bean compliant
    public SerializeMe() { }

    public SerializeMe( String name, 
                        Date date,
                        int id ) {
        _name = name;
        _date = date;
        _id = id;

    // Need getters and setters for all of our attributes to be
    // bean compliant.
    public String getName() { return _name; }
    public Date getDate() { return _date; }
    public int getId() { return _id; }

    public void setName(String s) { _name = s; }
    public void setDate(Date d) { _date = d; }
    public void setId(int i) { _id = i; }

    public String toString() {
        return "[ Name: " + _name + " Date: " + _date + " ID: " + _id + " ]";

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        SerializeMe foo = new SerializeMe("Joe", new Date(), 1001);
        System.out.println("Created object " + foo);

        // Persist object
        XMLEncoder e = new XMLEncoder(
                new BufferedOutputStream(
                        new FileOutputStream("Test.xml")));

        // ...

        // Load the object instance back from xml
        XMLDecoder d = new XMLDecoder(
                          new BufferedInputStream(
                              new FileInputStream("Test.xml")));
        SerializeMe baz = (SerializeMe)d.readObject();

        System.out.println("We loaded " + baz);

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You should check the javadocs for the classes used in the tutorial you linked to.

Also, from the XMLEncoder javadoc

The XMLEncoder class is a complementary alternative to the ObjectOutputStream and can used to generate a textual representation of a JavaBean in the same way that the ObjectOutputStream can be used to create binary representation of Serializable objects.

If you use firefox, here's a nice extension that adds a javadoc lookup to your context menu

So you can browse straight to the javadoc from your browser's context menu for any selected/highlighted class name.
gudii9Author Commented:
So you can browse straight to the javadoc from your browser's context menu for any selected/highlighted class name. 

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I have installed this extension. How to use it.

I opened link


I  right clicked on the 'XMLDecoder ' to see its java doc but could not see. I am not sure how to 'browse straight to the javadoc from your browser's context menu for any selected/highlighted class name' . please advise
When you highlight/select a class name in a web page with the mouse cursor, and right click, you should see a "javadoc" option menu, which should have the selected class as a submenu.

E.g. in this screenshot, user has selected the "ArrayUtils" class name:


When you click on the class name in the context menu, it will open a new tab to the javadoc for that class.

Though we are really straying from the original question here.
I just posted that as a tool which might help you if you are new to java.
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