public class Encoder
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An Encoder is a class which can be used to create files or streams that encode the state of a collection of JavaBeans in terms of their public APIs. The Encoder, in conjunction with its persistence delegates, is responsible for breaking the object graph down into a series of Statementss and Expressions which can be used to create it. A subclass typically provides a syntax for these expressions using some human readable form - like Java source code or XML.

Since:  1.4