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Zend_Serializer adapters create a bridge for different methods of serializing with very little effort.

Every adapter has different pros and cons. In some cases, not every PHP datatype (e.g., objects) can be converted to a string representation. In most such cases, the type will be converted to a similar type that is serializable -- as an example, PHP objects will often be cast to arrays. If this fails, a Zend_Serializer_Exception will be thrown.

Below is a list of available adapters.

Zend Framework