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 package com.fasterxml.jackson.annotation;
Annotation used for indicating that values of annotated type or property should be serializing so that instances either contain additional object identifier (in addition actual object properties), or as a reference that consists of an object id that refers to a full serialization. In practice this is done by serializing the first instance as full object and object identity, and other references to the object as reference values.

There are two main approaches to generating object identifier: either using a generator (either one of standard ones, or a custom generator), or using a value of a property. The latter case is indicated by using a placeholder generator marker ObjectIdGenerators.PropertyGenerator; former by using explicit generator. Object id has to be serialized as a property in case of POJOs; object identity is currently NOT support for JSON Array types (Java arrays or Lists) or Java Map types.

Finally, note that generator type of ObjectIdGenerators.None indicates that no Object Id should be included or used: it is included to allow suppressing Object Ids using mix-in annotations.

public @interface JsonIdentityInfo
Name of JSON property in which Object Id will reside: also, if "from property" marker generator is used, identifies property that will be accessed to get type id. If a property is used, name must match its external name (one defined by annotation, or derived from accessor name as per Java Bean Introspection rules).

Default value is @id.

    public String property() default "@id";

Generator to use for producing Object Identifier for objects: either one of pre-defined generators from ObjectIdGenerator, or a custom generator. Defined as class to instantiate.

Note that special type ObjectIdGenerators.None can be used to disable inclusion of Object Ids.

    public Class<? extends ObjectIdGenerator<?>> generator();

Scope is used to define applicability of an Object Id: all ids must be unique within their scope; where scope is defined as combination of this value and generator type. Comparison is simple equivalence, meaning that both type generator type and scope class must be the same.

Scope is used for determining how many generators are needed; more than one scope is typically only needed if external Object Ids have overlapping value domains (i.e. are only unique within some limited scope)

    public Class<?> scope() default Object.class;
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