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Chapter 8: Creating Enterprise JavaBeans Clients

Serializing and deserializing bean proxies

Serialization allows you to save a bean proxy as a file. Deserialization allows you to extract the proxy from the file in another process or on another machine, and, if the component instance is still active, reestablish your session with the component.

To serialize a proxy

Call the getHandle method on the remote interface, which returns a javax.ejb.Handle instance. You can serialize the Handle instance using the standard Java serialization protocol, as shown in the example below:

String _serializeTo; // Name of file to save to
Stateful1 proxy;     // Active proxy instance

try {
  System.out.println("Serializing to " + _serializeTo);
  Handle handle = proxy.getHandle();
  FileOutputStream ostream = new   FileOutputStream(_serializeTo);
  ObjectOutputStream p = new   ObjectOutputStream(ostream);
  p.writeObject(handle);
  p.flush();
  ostream.close();
} catch (Exception e)
	{
  System.out.println("Serialization failed. Exception "     + e.toString());
  e.printStackTrace();
  return;
	}

To deserialize the proxy

Use the standard Java deserialization protocol to extract the Handle instance, then call getEJBObject to restore the proxy, as shown in the example below:

String _serializeFrom; // Name of file to read from
Stateful1 proxy; 

try {
  System.out.println("Deserializing proxy from "
    + _serializeFrom);
  FileInputStream istream = new   FileInputStream(_serializeFrom);
  ObjectInputStream p = new ObjectInputStream(istream);
  Handle handle = (Handle)p.readObject();
  proxy = (Stateful1) handle.getEJBObject();
  istream.close();
} catch (Exception e) 
{
  System.out.println(
    "Deserialization failed. Exception " 
    + e.toString());
  e.printStackTrace();
  return;
}




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