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How to: Write Object Data to an XML File in Visual Basic

This example writes the object from a class to an XML file using the XmlSerializer class.

This code example defines a class named Book, creates an instance of the class, and uses XML serialization to write the instance to an XML file.

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Public Class Book
    Public Title As String 
    Public Sub New()
    End Sub 
End Class 

Public Sub WriteXML()
    Dim introToVB As New Book
    introToVB.Title = "Intro to Visual Basic" 
    Dim writer As New System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(GetType(Book))
    Dim file As New System.IO.StreamWriter("c:\IntroToVB.xml")
    writer.Serialize(file, introToVB)
End Sub

The class must have a public constructor without parameters.

The following conditions may cause an exception:

This example creates a new file, if the file does not already exist. If an application needs to create a file, that application needs Create access for the folder. If the file already exists, the application needs only Write access, a lesser privilege. Where possible, it is more secure to create the file during deployment, and only grant Read access to a single file, rather than Create access for a folder.