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XmlArrayItemAttribute Constructor (Type)

Initializes a new instance of the XmlArrayItemAttribute class and specifies the Type that can be inserted into the serialized array.

Namespace:  System.Xml.Serialization
Assembly:  System.Xml (in System.Xml.dll)

public XmlArrayItemAttribute(
	Type type
)

Parameters

type
Type: System.Type
The Type of the object to serialize.

The following example serializes a class named Transportation that contains a field named MyVehicles that returns an array of Vehicle objects. The example applies the XmlArrayItemAttribute to the field, allowing the XmlSerializer to insert instances of the Car class, which is derived from the Vehicle class, into the array. While applying the attribute, the example sets the Type property using the type parameter.


using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml;
using System.Xml.Serialization;

public class Vehicle
{
   public string id;
}
public class Car:Vehicle
{
   public string Maker;
}

public class Transportation
{  
   [XmlArrayItem(typeof(Vehicle)), 
   XmlArrayItem(typeof(Car))]
   public Vehicle[] MyVehicles;
}

public class Run
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Run test= new Run();
      test.SerializeObject("XmlArrayItem3.xml");
      test.DeserializeObject("XmlArrayItem3.xml");
   }

   private void SerializeObject(string filename)
   {
       // Creates an XmlSerializer. 
      XmlSerializer MySerializer = 
      new XmlSerializer(typeof(Transportation));

      // Writing the XML file to disk requires a TextWriter.
      TextWriter myTextWriter = new StreamWriter(filename);

      Transportation myTransportation = new Transportation();

      Vehicle myVehicle= new Vehicle() ;
      myVehicle.id = "A12345";

      Car myCar = new Car();
      myCar.id = "Car 34";
      myCar.Maker = "FamousCarMaker";

      Vehicle [] myVehicles = {myVehicle, myCar};
      myTransportation.MyVehicles = myVehicles;

      // Serializes the object, and closes the StreamWriter.
      MySerializer.Serialize(myTextWriter, myTransportation);
      myTextWriter.Close();
   }

   private void DeserializeObject(string filename)
   {
      // Creates the serializer with the type to deserialize.
      XmlSerializer mySerializer = 
      new XmlSerializer(typeof(Transportation));
      FileStream myFileStream = new FileStream(filename,FileMode.Open);
      Transportation myTransportation =
      (Transportation) mySerializer.Deserialize(myFileStream);

      for(int i = 0;i < myTransportation.MyVehicles.Length;i++)
      {
         Console.WriteLine(myTransportation.MyVehicles[i].id);
      }
   }
}
   


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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

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