The premise is simple, as you probably already figured out; use XML instead
of the default Java serialization format. This includes pickling the state
of objects into XML ala JAR files, but also pickling the compositional
structure of a set of objects into XML ala SER files (ie. pickling a
container's interactive structure, not just composite state). Also, as
you'd expect, it's bidirectional.
I'll leave to Adam&Rohit to tell you whether you need to spend any serious
time looking into it.
just fiddle with it - nor do I expect to in the coming months.
FYI, Bill La Forge is currently running his own Coins-centric company on
the give-away-the-code-and-make-a-whack-of-money-consulting model. I help
him out whenever I can, and somehow made it onto his ad-hoc "advisory
MB (aka firstname.lastname@example.org)
-- Mark Baker. CTO, Beduin Communications Corp Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA http://www.beduin.com