beginStructure

abstract fun beginStructure(descriptor: SerialDescriptor): CompositeDecoder

Decodes the beginning of the nested structure in a serialized form and returns CompositeDecoder responsible for decoding this very structure.

Typically, classes, collections and maps are represented as a nested structure in a serialized form. E.g. the following JSON

{
"a": 2,
"b": { "nested": "c" }
"c": [1, 2, 3],
"d": null
}

has three nested structures: the very beginning of the data, "b" value and "c" value.