Posted By: Anonymous
I understood, I think, that a “Bean” is a Java class with properties and getters/setters. As much as I understand, it is the equivalent of a C struct. Is that true?
Also, is there a real syntactic difference between a bean and a regular class? Is there any special definition or an interface?
Basically, why is there a term for this?
Also what does the
Serializable interface mean?
A JavaBean is just a standard
- All properties are private (use getters/setters)
- A public no-argument constructor
That’s it. It’s just a convention. Lots of libraries depend on it though.
With respect to
Serializable, from the API documentation:
Serializability of a class is enabled by the class implementing the
java.io.Serializable interface. Classes that do not implement this
interface will not have any of their state serialized or deserialized.
All subtypes of a serializable class are themselves serializable. The
serialization interface has no methods or fields and serves only to
identify the semantics of being serializable.
In other words, serializable objects can be written to streams, and hence files, object databases, anything really.
Also, there is no syntactic difference between a JavaBean and another class — a class is a JavaBean if it follows the standards.
There is a term for it, because the standard allows libraries to programmatically do things with class instances you define in a predefined way. For example, if a library wants to stream any object you pass into it, it knows it can because your object is serializable (assuming the library requires your objects be proper JavaBeans).