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package com.google.gson.annotations;

import java.lang.annotation.ElementType;
import java.lang.annotation.Retention;
import java.lang.annotation.RetentionPolicy;
import java.lang.annotation.Target;

/**
 * An annotation that indicates this member should be serialized to JSON with
 * the provided name value as its field name.
 *
 * 

This annotation will override any [email protected] com.google.gson.FieldNamingPolicy}, including * the default field naming policy, that may have been set on the [email protected] com.google.gson.Gson} * instance. A different naming policy can set using the [email protected] GsonBuilder} class. See * [email protected] com.google.gson.GsonBuilder#setFieldNamingPolicy(com.google.gson.FieldNamingPolicy)} * for more information.

* *

Here is an example of how this annotation is meant to be used:

*
 * public class MyClass {
 *   @SerializedName("name") String a;
 *   @SerializedName(value="name1", alternate={"name2", "name3"}) String b;
 *   String c;
 *
 *   public MyClass(String a, String b, String c) {
 *     this.a = a;
 *     this.b = b;
 *     this.c = c;
 *   }
 * }
 * 
* *

The following shows the output that is generated when serializing an instance of the * above example class:

*
 * MyClass target = new MyClass("v1", "v2", "v3");
 * Gson gson = new Gson();
 * String json = gson.toJson(target);
 * System.out.println(json);
 *
 * ===== OUTPUT =====
 * {"name":"v1","name1":"v2","c":"v3"}
 * 
* *

NOTE: The value you specify in this annotation must be a valid JSON field name.

* While deserializing, all values specified in the annotation will be deserialized into the field. * For example: *
 *   MyClass target = gson.fromJson("{'name1':'v1'}", MyClass.class);
 *   assertEquals("v1", target.b);
 *   target = gson.fromJson("{'name2':'v2'}", MyClass.class);
 *   assertEquals("v2", target.b);
 *   target = gson.fromJson("{'name3':'v3'}", MyClass.class);
 *   assertEquals("v3", target.b);
 * 
* Note that MyClass.b is now deserialized from either name1, name2 or name3. * * @see com.google.gson.FieldNamingPolicy * * @author Inderjeet Singh * @author Joel Leitch */ @Retention(RetentionPolicy.RUNTIME) @Target({ElementType.FIELD, ElementType.METHOD}) public @interface SerializedName { /** * @return the desired name of the field when it is serialized or deserialized */ String value(); /** * @return the alternative names of the field when it is deserialized */ String[] alternate() default {}; }