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Serialization vs. synchronization

What is the difference between serialization and synchronization?

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Serialization is a mechanism in Java for flattening objects out to disk or a stream and then reassembling them on the other end or when they are re-instantiated.

Synchronization is a concurrency mechanism in Java to restrict blocks of shared data/code from being accessed by more than one thread at a time.

This was first published in December 2003

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