14.11. Object Serialization
This chapter and Chapter 13 introduced the object-oriented style of input/output. However, our examples concentrated on I/O of fundamental types rather than objects of user-defined types. In Chapter 10, we showed how to input and output objects using operator overloading. We accomplished object input by overloading the stream extraction operator,
>>, for the appropriate
istream. We accomplished object output by overloading the stream insertion operator,
<<, for the appropriate
ostream. In both cases, only an object’s data members were input or output, and, in each case, they were in a format meaningful only for objects of that particular type. An object’s member functions are not input or output with the object’s ...