Richard T. Saunders Serializing data structures (in Python-speak "pickling") to save to disk/socket is an important tool for the programmer: We will discuss how the pickling protocols (0,1,2, and 3) work as well as real-world issues (gotchas, backwards-compatibility, etc). We will concentrate on the basics of this stack-based protocol: what it looks like, how to encode/decode, speeds of different implementations.
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