adding properties/methods to AA's?

Bill Baxter dnewsgroup at
Tue Jul 24 18:01:17 PDT 2007

Robert Fraser wrote:
> Bill Baxter Wrote:
>> [...]
>> You still need to have serialize() implemented somewhere for uint, VType 
>> and KType.  So what you end up having to do is what writefln does. 
>> You can provide implementations of serialize() for all the built-ins in 
>> the serialization module, but non-built-ins have to implement a special 
>> member function (a la "toString" for writefln).
>> That makes it difficult to extend the serialization system to include 
>> 3rd party objects not created with your serialization framework in mind.
> How about using __traits? You could serialize every primitive type normally and recursively serialize non-primitive members until they're broken down into component types.

Yeh, that would be cool.  But I think it can't really work 100% of the 
time without a little something extra, because sometimes there are 
members that shouldn't be saved -- a member that really is just caching 
something transient, for instance.


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