how to serialize domain classes grails

I tried to serialize grails domains classes to Maps or similar in order to be able to store it in memcached.

I want to be able to read the objects only, I don't need gorm crud. Only to read them without breaking the kind of interfaces they have.

For instance: I could convert domains to maps, becouse it wouldn't break the interface for access like .<property> or .findall or similar

First I tried to do a manual serialization but it was very error prone. So I needed something more general.

Then I tried to serialize as a map with a grails codec.

Here is the testing repo.

Here is the snippet.

But I get StackOverFlowException.

I also tried to mark all the domains as Serializable but I need to reattach every domain when I bring them back from memcached to avoid hibernate errors like org.hibernate.LazyInitializationException: could not initialize proxy - no Session

Do you know a way to achieve this?

Is very frustrating to google search for something like this "storing domain classes in memcached" and find out is not a common problem.


I haven't see an out-of-the-box solution for doing this, but if you wanted to keep it generic you could do it manually (and consistently) like this:

def yourDomainInst = DefaultGrailsDomainClass(YourDomainClazz)
List listOfOnlyPersistantProperties = yourDomainInst.persistantProperties

def yourNewMap

yourObjects.each { obj ->
   listOfOnlyPersistantProperties.each { prop ->
      def propName =
      yourNewMap.put(propName, obj."$propName")

Something like that should work. Note there's probably a hundred errors because I can't try it out right now, but that is the general idea.

Have a look at: Retrieving a list of GORM persistent properties for a domain

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