XmlSerializer.Serialize Method (TextWriter, Object)

Serializes the specified Object and writes the XML document to a file using the specified TextWriter.

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

public void Serialize (
	TextWriter textWriter,
	Object o
)
public void Serialize (
	TextWriter textWriter, 
	Object o
)
public function Serialize (
	textWriter : TextWriter, 
	o : Object
)

Parameters

textWriter

The TextWriter used to write the XML document.

o

The Object to serialize.

The Serialize method converts the public fields and read/write properties of an object into XML. It does not convert methods, indexers, private fields, or read-only properties. To serialize all an object's fields and properties, both public and private, use the BinaryFormatter.

In the textWriter parameter, specify an object that derives from the abstract TextWriter class. Classes that derive from TextWriter include:

Note   The XmlSerializer cannot serialize the following: arrays of ArrayList and arrays of List.

The following example serializes an object using a TextWriter.

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

// This is the class that will be serialized.
public class OrderedItem
{
   public string ItemName;
   public string Description;
   public decimal UnitPrice;
   public int Quantity;
   public decimal LineTotal;
   // A custom method used to calculate price per item.
   public void Calculate()
   {
      LineTotal = UnitPrice * Quantity;
   }
}
 
public class Test{
   public static void Main(string[] args)
   {
      Test t = new Test();
      // Write a purchase order.
      t.SerializeObject("simple.xml");
   }
 
  private void SerializeObject(string filename)
  {
      Console.WriteLine("Writing With TextWriter");
 
      XmlSerializer serializer = 
      new XmlSerializer(typeof(OrderedItem));
      OrderedItem i = new OrderedItem();
      i.ItemName = "Widget";
      i.Description = "Regular Widget";
      i.Quantity = 10;
      i.UnitPrice = (decimal) 2.30;
      i.Calculate();
 
      /* Create a StreamWriter to write with. First create a FileStream
         object, and create the StreamWriter specifying an Encoding to use. */
      FileStream fs = new FileStream(filename, FileMode.Create);
      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(fs, new UTF8Encoding());
      // Serialize using the XmlTextWriter.
      serializer.Serialize(writer, i);
      writer.Close();
   }
}


import System.*;
import System.IO.*;
import System.Text.*;
import System.Xml.Serialization.*;

// This is the class that will be serialized.
public class OrderedItem
{
    public String itemName;
    public String description;
    public System.Decimal unitPrice;
    public int quantity;
    public System.Decimal lineTotal;

    // A custom method used to calculate price per item.
    public void Calculate()
    {
        lineTotal = Decimal.Multiply(unitPrice, Convert.ToDecimal(quantity));
    } //Calculate
} //OrderedItem

public class Test
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        Test t = new Test();
        // Write a purchase order.
        t.SerializeObject("simple.xml");
    } //main

    private void SerializeObject(String fileName)
    {
        Console.WriteLine("Writing With TextWriter");

        XmlSerializer serializer =
            new XmlSerializer(OrderedItem.class.ToType());
        OrderedItem i = new OrderedItem();

        i.itemName = "Widget";
        i.description = "Regular Widget";
        i.quantity = 10;
        i.unitPrice = Convert.ToDecimal(2.3);
        i.Calculate();

        /* Create a StreamWriter to write with. First create a FileStream
           object, and create the StreamWriter specifying an Encoding to use. */
        FileStream fs = new FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Create);
        TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter(fs, new UTF8Encoding());

        // Serialize using the XmlTextWriter.
        serializer.Serialize(writer, i);
        writer.Close();
    } //SerializeObject
} //Test

<?xml version="1.0"?>
 <OrderedItem xmlns:inventory="http://www.cpandl.com" xmlns:money="http://www.cohowinery.com">
   <inventory:ItemName>Widget</inventory:ItemName>
   <inventory:Description>Regular Widget</inventory:Description>
   <money:UnitPrice>2.3</money:UnitPrice>
   <inventory:Quantity>10</inventory:Quantity>
   <money:LineTotal>23</money:LineTotal>
 </OrderedItem>


Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, 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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0
Show: