Serialize Method (TextWriter, Object, XmlSerializerNamespaces)

XmlSerializer.Serialize Method (TextWriter, Object, XmlSerializerNamespaces)

 

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

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

Public Sub Serialize (
	textWriter As TextWriter,
	o As Object,
	namespaces As XmlSerializerNamespaces
)

Parameters

textWriter
Type: System.IO.TextWriter

The TextWriter used to write the XML document.

o
Type: System.Object

The Object to serialize.

namespaces
Type: System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializerNamespaces

The XmlSerializerNamespaces that contains namespaces for the generated XML document.

Exception Condition
InvalidOperationException

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

When the Serialize method is invoked the public fields and read/write properties of an object are converted into XML. Methods, indexers, private fields, and read-only properties are not serialized. To serialize all fields and properties, both public and private, use the BinaryFormatter.

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

System_CAPS_noteNote

The XmlSerializer cannot serialize the following: arrays of ArrayList and arrays of List(Of T).

The following example serializes an object with a TextWriter. The example also creates an XmlSerializerNamespaces object and adds two namespaces to the object. The class that defines the serialized object is also attributed with XmlElementAttribute attributes to specify the namespace for each element.

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


' This is the class that will be serialized.
Public Class OrderedItem
    <XmlElement(Namespace := "http://www.cpandl.com")> _
    Public ItemName As String

    <XmlElement(Namespace := "http://www.cpandl.com")> _
    Public Description As String

    <XmlElement(Namespace := "http://www.cohowinery.com")> _
    Public UnitPrice As Decimal

    <XmlElement(Namespace := "http://www.cpandl.com")> _
    Public Quantity As Integer

    <XmlElement(Namespace := "http://www.cohowinery.com")> _
    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 TextWriter")
        ' Create an XmlSerializer instance using the type.
        Dim serializer As New XmlSerializer(GetType(OrderedItem))
        Dim i As New OrderedItem()
        i.ItemName = "Widget"
        i.Description = "Regular Widget"
        i.Quantity = 10
        i.UnitPrice = CDec(2.3)
        i.Calculate()

        ' Create an XmlSerializerNamespaces object.
        Dim ns As New XmlSerializerNamespaces()
        ' Add two namespaces with prefixes.
        ns.Add("inventory", "http://www.cpandl.com")
        ns.Add("money", "http://www.cohowinery.com")
        ' Create a StreamWriter to write with.
        Dim writer As New StreamWriter(filename)
        ' Serialize using the object using the TextWriter
        ' and namespaces. 
        serializer.Serialize(writer, i, ns)
        writer.Close()
    End Sub
End Class

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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