Currently, I am trying to implement a multiplatform custom format for KXS. All the actual encoding / decoding work is already done, the only thing left is to integrate everything with kotlinx-serialization. And that’s where I am stuck for days now. I just don’t understand how to implement
to encode a named-value format.
I tried everything to better understand how those interfaces work. I looked at all the official formats (JSON, HOCON, CBOR, Properties) and at a lot of third-party format implementations, like YAML or BSON (which is probably the best reference because it is closest to the format I am implementing).
Still, it seems opaque to me. The official implementations use
, which is an internal class not meant to be used from the outside. The third-party solutions mostly use
and mostly just encode the values without the names in
. Which makes no sense taken out of context. I suppose there has to be some point at which these values get their corresponding names, but I don’t know where that happens.
I’m also struggling to understand how the
interaction plays out. And
also seems weird to me. For some reason, this is the only point where a name for the value is retrieved (and, at some point encoded) in most of the implementations so far.
I think what would really help me is if someone could walk me through the exact routine that gets executed when you serialize and encode a basic data class, with a few levels of nesting.
But really I’d be glad for any kind of help, since I am stuck here for days now and I don’t really know what to do anymore.
So yeah, thanks in advance!