Instance_Serialize function

Applies To: Implementing a custom GeoTransformer

Given a handle to an instance of custom GeoTransformer, it generates a serialization buffer. The serialization consists in saving transformation parameters (including possible precomputed variables) in binary format, enabling faster reconstruction.

When compiling services in ArcGIS Image Server, it is preferred to store binary the parameters required to create GeoTransformers. This function will be called by GeoTransCore component to obtain such a binary structure.


BOOL __stdcall Instance_Serialize(

HGeoTrans hInstance, // handle of GeoTransformer instance

LPVOID * dpBuffer, // double pointer to serialization buffer

size_t * nBytes // size of buffer, by reference



extern "C" BOOL __stdcall Instance_Serialize(

HGeoTrans hInstance, // handle of GeoTransformer instance

LPVOID& dpBuffer, // address of serialization buffer

size_t& nBytes // size of buffer, by reference



[in] hInstance

Custom GeoTransformer instance handle. Refer to the documentation of Instance_Create function for details about a handle to a GeoTransformer instance.

HGeoTrans type is defined in GeoTransCreation namespace and it is basically a HANDLE.

Note: It is not required to test against NULL the value of the handle, since GeoTransCore component ensures their validity.

[out] dpBuffer

The address of the serialization buffer. The double pointer is used to return the address that you've allocated to compile the binary serialization of the object. It is your duty to release the memory buffer when Instance_Discard will be called for the same instance.

[out] nBytes

Returns the size of the serialization buffer, in bytes.

Return Value

Must return FALSE when no serialization buffer is returned.


It is not a requirement to support serialization, but it is highly recommended. Do not save in the serialization buffer structures containing pointers or references to memory locations, because will not be available at reconstruction time.

For efficiency reasoning, include possible precomputed variables in the serialization buffer.



32 bit Windows OS


ANSI C / C++ Standard compliant


__stdcall calling convention; by name, undecorated "C" export


For a basic example on how to implement this function, please see Custom GeoTransformer VC++ Sample.

Related Topics

See also: Instance_Create, Instance_Discard, Instance_UnSerialize, GeoTransCreation