Jeff Storey Jeff Storey - 3 months ago 27
Java Question

XStream deserialization when variable type changed

I have a java class that looks like

public class MyClass {
private final String str;
private Polygon polygon; // this polygon is a custom type of mine
}


I have an xml file that has an instance of
MyClass
written to it using XStream.

Now
MyClass
has changed and polygon has been replaced with
List<Polygon>
and the field has been renamed to
polygons
, and I'm trying not to break deserialization. I want to change the deserialization of the
polygon
field to basically read the polygon and then just create a new list and add the single polygon to it. The list would then be the new field value.

Is it possible to change the conversion of just this one field? Or do I need to write a custom converter for the whole class
MyClass
?

thanks,
Jeff

mre mre
Answer

So based on your comment, I believe you'll need a custom converter.

Here's an example:

import com.thoughtworks.xstream.converters.Converter;
import com.thoughtworks.xstream.converters.MarshallingContext;
import com.thoughtworks.xstream.converters.UnmarshallingContext;
import com.thoughtworks.xstream.io.HierarchicalStreamReader;
import com.thoughtworks.xstream.io.HierarchicalStreamWriter;

public class MyClassConverter implements Converter{

    @Override
    public boolean canConvert(Class clazz) 
    {
        return clazz.equals(MyClass.class);
    }

    @Override
    public void marshal(Object value, HierarchicalStreamWriter writer,
            MarshallingContext context) 
    {

    }

    @Override
    public Object unmarshal(HierarchicalStreamReader reader,
            UnmarshallingContext context) 
    {
        // Create MyClass Object
        MyClass myClass = new MyClass();

        // Traverse Tree
        while (reader.hasMoreChildren()) 
        {
            reader.moveDown();
            if ("polygon".equals(reader.getNodeName())) 
            {
                Polygon polygon = (Polygon)context.convertAnother(myClass, Polygon.class);
                myClass.addPolygon(polygon);
            } 
            reader.moveUp();
        }

        // Return MyClass Object
        return myClass;
    }
}

In case you're unawares, here's a reference guide: http://x-stream.github.io/converter-tutorial.html

Now, all that's left to do is register your converter, which I'm assuming you know how to do. Anyway, an important, although obvious thing to note is that 'addPolygon' is a method I used to populate your new list object.