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you create an object, it exists for as long as you need it, but under no
circumstances does it exist when the program terminates. While this makes sense
at first, there are situations in which it would be incredibly useful if an
object could exist and hold its information even while the program
running. Then the next time you started the program, the object would be there
and it would have the same information it had the previous time the program was
running. Of course you can get a similar effect now by writing the information
to a file or to a database, but in the spirit of making everything an object it
would be quite convenient to be able to declare an object
and have all the details taken care of for you.
provides support for “lightweight persistence,” which means that
you can easily store objects on disk and later retrieve them. The reason
it’s “lightweight” is that you’re still forced to make
explicit calls to do the storage and retrieval. In some future release more
complete support for persistence might appear.