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Java static serialization rules?

I’m working on a save state serialization with a few static methods and fields. I could have sworn though that serialization and static’s caused mayhem. Should I make all static’s transient? And will inflating the calls restore the statics as normal?

Answer

statics are implicitly transient, so you don’t need to declare them as such.

Serialization is for serializing instances, not classes. static fields (methods are irrelevant since they are part of the class definition so they aren’t serialized) will be reinitialized to whatever value they are set to when the class is loaded.

If you have a mutable static field, then the changes made to that value will be lost.