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Poster : GIJOE on 2008-11-11 18:28:10 (8153 reads)

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We always use 'serialize()' as a built-in function to serialize arrays/objects.

But, the format made by serialize() is hard to use for multibyte environments.
This procedure:

 serialize() -> encoding translation -> unserialize() 

causes an error.

You may say ...
"As I don't translate any text, this discussion sounds non sense"

No.

MySQL >= 4.1 stores any text as UTF-8.
This means that your serialized text can be translated automatically by MySQL

(your_encoding) -> UTF-8 -> (your_encoding)


This might be a critical trouble for XOOPS session.

The I'm trying the other serialization by 'var_export()'.

var_export() outputs text like:

array(
  'index' => 'value' ,
)


This format is strong for automatical/manual encoding translations.
We can unserialize the data by eval().

I will discuss merits and demerits of using var_export(), tomorrow.

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