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Format Enumeration

Note: This enumeration is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Used by SqlUserDefinedTypeAttribute and SqlUserDefinedAggregateAttribute to indicate the serialization format of a user-defined type (UDT) or aggregate.

Namespace: Microsoft.SqlServer.Server
Assembly: System.Data (in system.data.dll)

public enum Format
public enum Format
public enum Format
 Member nameDescription
NativeThe Native serialization format uses a very simple algorithm that enables SQL Server to store an efficient representation of the UDT on disk. Types marked for Native serialization can only have value types (structs in Microsoft Visual C#, and structures in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET) as members. Members of reference types (such as classes in Visual C# and Visual Basic), either user-defined or those existing in the framework (such as String), are not supported. 
UnknownThe serialization format is unknown. 
UserDefinedThe UserDefined serialization format gives the developer full control over the binary format through the IBinarySerialize.Write and IBinarySerialize.Read methods.  

Used by SqlUserDefinedTypeAttribute and SqlUserDefinedAggregateAttribute to indicate the serialization format of a user-defined type (UDT) or aggregate.

UDTs must implement the IBinarySerialize interface.

The following example shows the UserDefinedType attribute of the Point UDT. The UDT is byte-ordered, is named "Point", has a validation method named "ValidatePoint", and uses the native serialization format.

[Serializable]
[Microsoft.SqlServer.Server.SqlUserDefinedType(Format.Native,
     IsByteOrdered=true,  
     Name="Point",ValidationMethodName = "ValidatePoint")]
public struct Point : INullable
{

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0
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