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Serializable Exception

Serialization is the process of writing an class object that is transmitted through the network in the encoded stream of byte form.

Serializable Exception


Serialization is the process of writing an class object that  is transmitted through the network in the encoded stream of byte form. This Encoded form can be reconstructed from the network by reading from byte of stream. This Process is called Deserialization.Serialization allow to save the object in file and transmitting the object  through network. It does not write the class variable, because these variable are not a part of object state. It allow the object to be serialized ,without writing the method of object.

Use Of Serialization

1)Serialization is used in various Java Technologies such as Enterprise java bean directly used with activate and passivate server.

2)The Technologies supports the invoking the method of an object  on another host such as RMI AND CORBA used to transmit their parameter across  the network

Interface Serializable

The Serializable class derived from java .io.serializable that defines no message. class implements serialization or extending class that also implements serialization define that class as one of the participants in serialization. The instance is used as  parameter of  ObjectOutputStream.writeObject and  the result of ObjectInputStream.readObject.

When Exception or not exception is Thrown in Serialization

An object is encountered that is not serialized like your collection element, these method throws not serialized exception. Incase, if an object contains variables of class type that refer to objects whose classes are not serializable, the object stream methods will  NotSerializableException when attempting to write or read an instance.  Even ,when  a collection is serializable but contains objects that are not serializable, an exception will be show.

If that field refers to an instance of a serializable class, no exception occurs upon serialization.  The library classes such as serializable that includes wrapper , collection classes, GUI component classes, Date ,time, Color, Point, and URL.  There are some library classes that are not serializable include Thread , reflection classes (Method, etc.), stream classes, Socket , Graphics , and Image. If that field refers to an instance of a serializable class, no exception occurs upon serialization. 

How to implement Serialization

The Serializable interface in java are package that implements the object  serialization in java.

1) The Serializable interface-This interface is used for serializing objects in java  and does not have any method defined inside it.If a class is serializable  all of its subclasses are also serialized.

Syntax used to implement serializable interface

 class xyz(class_name) implements serializable


  <class definition>


2) The ObjectOutputStream interface- This class extends the Output Stream class and implements its interface. This class writes an object of the primitive data type and data object to the Output stream.

List of the method in ObjectOutputStream:

  Methods   Description
   Public void writeObject(Object obj)throws IO Exception    When you Write an obj Object to the ObjectOutputstream stream
   public void flush( ) throws IO Exception  This method allows the data available in a buffer is written to a file to which stream is connected.

3)The ObjectInputStream interface-This class extends the Input Stream class and its interface of Object Input .The ObjectInputStream deserializes the data and object written using the ObjectOutputStream.

List of method in ObjectInputStream :

  Methods    Description
  public final Object read Object( )throws IO  Exception,ClassNotFoundException    This method is used to reads an object from ObjectInputStream
public string readLine( )throws IO  Exception    This method is used to read a line that has been terminated by End of File

Understand Java Exception in Serialization Example

In this code we try to describe a class  name Student that implements Serializable interface used to serialize its objects. We declare a constructor inside the class that accept the parameter and void ( ) method is used to display the parameter passed in the constructor. But on Runtime the command prompt show no method such found exception.


  public class Student implements Serializable
  private String stud_name;
  private int stud_rollno;
   private String stud_address;
   public Student ( )

  public Student(String name,int rollno,String address)
   public void show( )
   System.out.println("stud name: "+stud_name);
   System.out.println("stud rollno: "+stud_rollno);
   System.out.println("stud address:"+stud_address);

Output On Command Prompt


C:\saurabh>java Student
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: main

How to Overcome Serialization Exception

In order to overcome exception, you need to serialize an object of the Student class using write Object( ) method of the ObjectOutputStream class.

WriteObject( )

This method write the object to the Output Object Stream i.e student.txt.

flush( )

This ensure the data stored in buffer is written to a file to which stream is connected.

close( )

This is used to release the resources occupied by stream.


  public class WriteStudent
   public static void main(String args[])
   Student s=new Student("Saurabh",1,"New Delhi"); 
  FileOutputStream fos=new FileOutputStream("student.txt");
  ObjectOutputStream oos=new ObjectOutputStream(fos);
  oos.flush( );
  oos.close( );
   catch(IOException ioe)

   System.out.println("Exception: "+ioe.toString());

In the above code an object of the student class is serialized into a file name student.txt.The above command prompt does not display any output  on the screen, rather it create a file student.txt.

Output on Command Prompt

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>cd\

C:\>cd saurabh\


C:\saurabh>java WriteStudent

The readobject method of the ObjectInputStream class is used to read the serialized object from the student.txt.

readObject( ) -is used to read the serialized object from the student.txt.

The object returned by the readobject( ) is typecast into required class.

s=(Student)ois.readObject( )

   public class ReadStudent
  public static void main(String args[]) 
   Student s=new Student();
  FileInputStream fis=new FileInputStream("Student.txt");
  ObjectInputStream ois=new ObjectInputStream(fis);
  s=(Student)ois.readObject( ); );
   catch(IOException ioe)
   System.out.println("Excxeption:"+ioe.toString( ) );
  catch(ClassNotFoundException cnfe)
  System.out.println("Exception:"+cnfe.toString( ) );


Output on the Command prompt


C:\saurabh>java ReadStudent
stud name: Saurabh
stud rollno: 1
stud address:NewDelhi



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