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Source file src/encoding/gob/example_interface_test.go

Documentation: encoding/gob

  // Copyright 2013 The Go Authors. All rights reserved.
  // Use of this source code is governed by a BSD-style
  // license that can be found in the LICENSE file.
  package gob_test
  import (
  type Point struct {
  	X, Y int
  func (p Point) Hypotenuse() float64 {
  	return math.Hypot(float64(p.X), float64(p.Y))
  type Pythagoras interface {
  	Hypotenuse() float64
  // This example shows how to encode an interface value. The key
  // distinction from regular types is to register the concrete type that
  // implements the interface.
  func Example_interface() {
  	var network bytes.Buffer // Stand-in for the network.
  	// We must register the concrete type for the encoder and decoder (which would
  	// normally be on a separate machine from the encoder). On each end, this tells the
  	// engine which concrete type is being sent that implements the interface.
  	// Create an encoder and send some values.
  	enc := gob.NewEncoder(&network)
  	for i := 1; i <= 3; i++ {
  		interfaceEncode(enc, Point{3 * i, 4 * i})
  	// Create a decoder and receive some values.
  	dec := gob.NewDecoder(&network)
  	for i := 1; i <= 3; i++ {
  		result := interfaceDecode(dec)
  	// Output:
  	// 5
  	// 10
  	// 15
  // interfaceEncode encodes the interface value into the encoder.
  func interfaceEncode(enc *gob.Encoder, p Pythagoras) {
  	// The encode will fail unless the concrete type has been
  	// registered. We registered it in the calling function.
  	// Pass pointer to interface so Encode sees (and hence sends) a value of
  	// interface type. If we passed p directly it would see the concrete type instead.
  	// See the blog post, "The Laws of Reflection" for background.
  	err := enc.Encode(&p)
  	if err != nil {
  		log.Fatal("encode:", err)
  // interfaceDecode decodes the next interface value from the stream and returns it.
  func interfaceDecode(dec *gob.Decoder) Pythagoras {
  	// The decode will fail unless the concrete type on the wire has been
  	// registered. We registered it in the calling function.
  	var p Pythagoras
  	err := dec.Decode(&p)
  	if err != nil {
  		log.Fatal("decode:", err)
  	return p

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