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XmlSerializer.Serialize Method (XmlWriter, Object)

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

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

'Declaration
Public Sub Serialize ( _
	xmlWriter As XmlWriter, _
	o As Object _
)
'Usage
Dim instance As XmlSerializer
Dim xmlWriter As XmlWriter
Dim o As Object

instance.Serialize(xmlWriter, o)
public void Serialize (
	XmlWriter xmlWriter, 
	Object o
)
public function Serialize (
	xmlWriter : XmlWriter, 
	o : Object
)
Not applicable.

Parameters

xmlWriter

The XmlWriter used to write the XML document.

o

The Object to serialize.

Exception typeCondition

InvalidOperationException

An error occurred during serialization. The original exception is available using the InnerException property.

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 xmlWriter parameter, specify an object that derives from the abstract XmlWriter class. The XmlTextWriter derives from the XmlWriter.

NoteNote:

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

The following example serializes an object using an XmlWriter.

Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Xml
Imports System.Xml.Serialization


' This is the class that will be serialized.
Public Class OrderedItem
    Public ItemName As String
    Public Description As String
    Public UnitPrice As Decimal
    Public Quantity As Integer
    Public LineTotal As Decimal
    
    ' A custom method used to calculate price per item.
    Public Sub Calculate()
        LineTotal = UnitPrice * Quantity
    End Sub
End Class


Public Class Test
    
    Public Shared Sub Main()
        Dim t As New Test()
        ' Write a purchase order.
        t.SerializeObject("simple.xml")
    End Sub
        
    Private Sub SerializeObject(ByVal filename As String)
        Console.WriteLine("Writing With XmlTextWriter")
        
        Dim serializer As New XmlSerializer(GetType(OrderedItem))
        Dim i As New OrderedItem()
        With i
            .ItemName = "Widget"
            .Description = "Regular Widget"
            .Quantity = 10
            .UnitPrice = CDec(2.3)
            .Calculate()
        End With
        ' Create an XmlTextWriter using a FileStream.
        Dim fs As New FileStream(filename, FileMode.Create)
        Dim writer As New XmlTextWriter(fs, Encoding.Unicode)
        ' Serialize using the XmlTextWriter.
        serializer.Serialize(writer, i)
        writer.Close()
    End Sub
End Class


import System.*;
import System.IO.*;
import System.Text.*;
import System.Xml.*;
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 XmlTextWriter");
        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 an XmlTextWriter using a FileStream.
        Stream fs = new FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Create);
        XmlWriter writer = new XmlTextWriter(fs, Encoding.get_Unicode());

        // 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 Server 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 Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 1.0
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