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Classes Used in .NET Framework Serialization

This topic lists the classes commonly used for .NET Framework serialization. To enter the .NET Framework 2.0 documentation and find a more comprehensive listing, see System.Runtime.Serialization.

This table lists and describes the main classes and namespaces used for serialization:

Class or namespace



Contains the classes necessary for serializing and deserializing objects.


Contains the classes necessary for serializing and deserializing XML.


Must be applied to an object in order to make it serializable.


Can be used to keep specific fields in an object from being serialized.

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