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Serialization: Serialization vs. Database Input/Output

This article explains when to use document objects and serialization for file-based input/output (I/O) and when other I/O techniques are appropriate — because the application reads and writes data on a per-transaction basis, as in database applications. If you don't use serialization, you also won't need the File Open, Save, and Save As commands. Topics covered include:

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