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Significance of XML encoding/decoding over Serialization  RSS feed

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while reading XML encoding/decoding i noticed one thing....we can store the state of an object...storing the state of an object in XML file is more effective when compared to ordinary file(ex:notepad .txt)...

So i want to confirm whether storing state in XML file will be more effective than serialization ?

If XML is more effective then please tell me in what way(i knows it supports(ofcourse both supports) OOps concept,other than this)......(correct me if i am wrong)

Will xml replace serialization(because i hope we can extracting the data quickly compared to less delay)

if you knows any links that explains this topic(XML vs Serialization)then please attach that link here.

one more thing::in serialization if i serialize an Object then class which come under that Hirarichy will also get serialized automatically(we wont write code for that)...Is it the same case in XML(especially using encoding/decoding technique java.beans.XMLEncoder\XMLDecoder)?
[ July 07, 2006: Message edited by: harish thrivile ]
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