user48956 user48956 - 1 year ago 81
Scala Question

Why scala serializability differs in case classes with same constructor parameter types?

Why am I able to serialize this:

// Serialize: OK
case class ClassWithType2[T:TypeTag](x:T) {
val tpe:java.lang.reflect.Type = Util.toJavaClass[T]

... but not this

class TypeAware[T:TypeTag]() {
val tpe:java.lang.reflect.Type = Util.toJavaClass[T]

// Serialize: FAIL.
// No valid constructor for ClassWithType1
// in:
case class ClassWithType1[T:TypeTag](x:T) extends TypeAware[T]

Both seem have the same constructor type prototype:


and both extend scala.Serializable and

val s1:Serializable = ClassWithType1(x=123)
val s2:Serializable = ClassWithType2(x=123)
val = ClassWithType1(x=123)
val = ClassWithType2(x=123)

Its there a way to implement TypeAware subclasses that:

  • avoid having to declare tpe in every subclass (as ClassWithType2 does)?

  • allows the object to be serialized

Here's the test harness

class TypesTest {

def serializeTypeTest(): Unit = {
val obj2:Object = ClassWithType2(x=123)
Util.copyBySerialization(obj2) // Success!

val obj1:Object = ClassWithType1(x=123)
Util.copyBySerialization(obj1) // Fail

object Util {
def toJavaClass[T:TypeTag]: Class[_] = {
val tpe = typeOf[T]

def copyBySerialization[T](obj: T): T = deserialize(serialize(obj))

def serialize[T](obj: T): Array[Byte] = {
val byteOut = new ByteArrayOutputStream()
val objOut = new ObjectOutputStream(byteOut)

def deserialize[T](bytes: Array[Byte]): T = {
val byteIn = new ByteArrayInputStream(bytes)
val objIn = new ObjectInputStream(byteIn)
val obj = objIn.readObject().asInstanceOf[T]


Answer Source

Just quoting the Javadoc:

To allow subtypes of non-serializable classes to be serialized, the subtype may assume responsibility for saving and restoring the state of the supertype's public, protected, and (if accessible) package fields. The subtype may assume this responsibility only if the class it extends has an accessible no-arg constructor to initialize the class's state. It is an error to declare a class Serializable if this is not the case. The error will be detected at runtime.

The ctor for TypeAware includes the implicit parameter.

Edit: one idea is to make the type tag a member. Or similar. It doesn't save as much syntax.

abstract class TypeAware {
  protected def tt: TypeTag[_]
  def tpe:java.lang.reflect.Type = Util.toJavaClass(tt)

case class ClassWithType1[T](x:T)(implicit val tt: TypeTag[T]) extends TypeAware
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