This example illustrates one method of serializing and recreating class instances by using the
reviver parameters to
For this example, we'll use a class CaveMan, with a property
discovered that holds a
Date instance, and a method
We'll add the methods responsible for serializing and reconstituting instances to the CaveMan class as static methods.
We'll create a
demo.FreezeThaw namespace to hold our moving parts. In it, we'll add a method to pass to
JSON.stringify that calls our custom serializer, and another method to pass to
JSON.parse that detects the serialized structure and calls our thawing method.
We'll create a CaveMan instance and nest it in another object structure to illustrate how the thawing process still operates normally for all other data.
The reviver function passed to
JSON.parse is applied to all key:value pairs in the raw parsed object from the deepest keys to the highest level. In our case, this means that the
discovered properties will be passed through the reviver, and then the object containing those keys will be passed through.
We'll take advantage of this and apply
YAHOO.lang.JSON.stringToDate to all string values, which will reconstitute Date instances when they match the iso8601 UTC format that JSON serializes Dates to by default.
Now when the reviver function is evaluating the object it determines to be a CaveMan, the
discovered property is correctly containing a
You'll note there are two freeze and thaw operations going on in this example. One for our CaveMan class and one for
Date instances. Their respective serialization and recreation techniques are different. You are free to decide the serialized format of your objects. Choose whatever makes sense for your application.
Now we add the event handlers to the example buttons to call
parse with our
example.revive methods, respectively.
Note: Logging and debugging is currently turned off for this example.