Introducing the Serializable Interface

Learn about the issues associated with the Serializable interface and how to handle them using new magic methods introduced in PHP 8.

In order to facilitate the serialization of objects, the Serializable interface was added to the language beginning with PHP 5.1. The idea behind this interface was to provide a way of identifying objects that had the ability to serialize themselves. In addition, the methods specified by this interface were designed to provide some degree of control over object serialization.

As long as a class implements this interface, developers are assured that two methods are defined: serialize() and unserialize(). Here is the interface definition:

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