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InvalidDataContractException Class

The exception that is thrown when the DataContractSerializer or NetDataContractSerializer encounters an invalid data contract during serialization and deserialization.

System.Object
  System.Exception
    System.Runtime.Serialization.InvalidDataContractException

Namespace:  System.Runtime.Serialization
Assembly:  System.Runtime.Serialization (in System.Runtime.Serialization.dll)
[SerializableAttribute]
public class InvalidDataContractException : Exception

The InvalidDataContractException type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryInvalidDataContractException()Initializes a new instance of the InvalidDataContractException class.
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryInvalidDataContractException(String)Initializes a new instance of the InvalidDataContractException class with the specified error message.
Protected methodInvalidDataContractException(SerializationInfo, StreamingContext)Initializes a new instance of the InvalidDataContractException class with the specified SerializationInfo and StreamingContext.
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryInvalidDataContractException(String, Exception)Initializes a new instance of the InvalidDataContractException class with the specified error message and inner exception.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyDataGets a collection of key/value pairs that provide additional user-defined information about the exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertyHelpLinkGets or sets a link to the help file associated with this exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Protected propertySupported by Portable Class LibraryHResultGets or sets HRESULT, a coded numerical value that is assigned to a specific exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibraryInnerExceptionGets the Exception instance that caused the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibraryMessageGets a message that describes the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySourceGets or sets the name of the application or the object that causes the error. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertySupported by Portable Class LibraryStackTraceGets a string representation of the immediate frames on the call stack. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public propertyTargetSiteGets the method that throws the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryGetBaseExceptionWhen overridden in a derived class, returns the Exception that is the root cause of one or more subsequent exceptions. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodGetObjectDataWhen overridden in a derived class, sets the SerializationInfo with information about the exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the runtime type of the current instance. (Inherited from Exception.)
Protected methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Portable Class LibraryToStringCreates and returns a string representation of the current exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
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  NameDescription
Protected eventSerializeObjectStateOccurs when an exception is serialized to create an exception state object that contains serialized data about the exception. (Inherited from Exception.)
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An instance of this type will be thrown if the DataContractSerializer or NetDataContractSerializer detects that the type of the instance being serialized or deserialized is invalid. An instance of this type will also be thrown if an invalid type is passed to the schema import or export engine.

The following example shows a service contract, ICalculator, that includes two methods, Add and MoreData. The MoreData method returns an instance of the ExtraData class, which is also declared in the code. When the implemented interface Calculator runs, an InvalidDataContractException will be thrown because the ExtraData class does not have the DataContractAttribute applied to it.


public  class Test
{
    static void Main()
    {
        try
        {
            Test t = new Test();
            t.Run();
        }

        // Catch the InvalidDataContractException here.
        catch(InvalidDataContractException iExc)
        {
            Console.WriteLine("You have an invalid data contract: ");
            Console.WriteLine(iExc.Message);
            Console.ReadLine();

        }
          catch (Exception exc)
        {
            Console.WriteLine(exc.Message);
            Console.WriteLine(exc.ToString() );
            Console.ReadLine();
        }
    }

    private void Run()
    {
        // Create a new WSHttpBinding and set the security mode to Message;
        WSHttpBinding b = new WSHttpBinding(SecurityMode.Message);

        // Create a ServiceHost instance, and add a metadata endpoint.
        Uri baseUri= new Uri("http://localhost:1008/");            
        ServiceHost sh = new ServiceHost(typeof(Calculator), baseUri);

        // Optional. Add a metadata endpoint. The method is defined below.
        AddMetadataEndpoint(ref sh);

        // Add an endpoint using the binding, and open the service.
        sh.AddServiceEndpoint(typeof(ICalculator), b, "myCalculator");
        sh.Open();

        Console.WriteLine("Listening...");
        Console.ReadLine();

    }

    private void AddMetadataEndpoint(ref ServiceHost sh)
    {
        Uri mex = new Uri(@"http://localhost:1001/metadata/");
        ServiceMetadataBehavior sm = new ServiceMetadataBehavior();
        sm.HttpGetEnabled = true;
        sm.HttpGetUrl = mex;
        sh.Description.Behaviors.Add(sm);
    }

}

// This class will cause an InvalidDataContractException to be thrown because
// neither the DataContractAttribute nor DataMemberAttribute has been applied to it.
public class ExtraData
{
    public System.Collections.Generic.List<string> RandomData;
}

[ServiceContract(ProtectionLevel=System.Net.Security.ProtectionLevel.EncryptAndSign) ]
interface ICalculator
{
    [OperationContract]
    double Add(double a, double b);

    [OperationContract]
    ExtraData MoreData();
}

public class Calculator : ICalculator
{ 
    public double Add(double a, double b)
    {
        return a + b;
    }

    public ExtraData MoreData()
    {
        ExtraData ex = new ExtraData();
        ex.RandomData.Add("Hello");
        ex.RandomData.Add( "World" );
        return ex;
    }
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.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 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.
Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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