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DataContractSerializer.IsStartObject Method (XmlDictionaryReader)

Determines whether the XmlDictionaryReader is positioned on an object that can be deserialized.

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

public override bool IsStartObject(
	XmlDictionaryReader reader


Type: System.Xml.XmlDictionaryReader

An XmlDictionaryReader used to read the XML stream.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if the reader is at the start element of the stream to read; otherwise, false.

The IsStartObject determines whether it can read an object by checking that it is positioned on an XML element. It also examines the name and namespace of the XML element that the reader is positioned at and compares the values to the expected name and namespace. The expected name and namespace can be set with the following: the data contract name and namespace of the type passed into the constructor, or the rootName and rootNamespace values passed into the constructor (if present).

The following example uses the IsStartObject property to determine whether the start of the data has been found.

public static void ReadObjectData(string path)
    // Create the reader.
    FileStream fs = new FileStream(path, FileMode.Open);
    XmlDictionaryReader reader =
        XmlDictionaryReader.CreateTextReader(fs, new XmlDictionaryReaderQuotas());

    // Create the DataContractSerializer specifying the type,  
    // root and namespace to use. The root value corresponds 
    // to the DataContract.Name value, and the namespace value 
    // corresponds to the DataContract.Namespace value.
    DataContractSerializer ser =
        new DataContractSerializer(typeof(Person),
        "Customer", @"");

    // Test if the serializer is on the start of the  
    // object data. If so, read the data and write it  
    // to the console. 
    while (reader.Read())
        if (ser.IsStartObject(reader))
            Console.WriteLine("Found the element");
            Person p = (Person)ser.ReadObject(reader);
            Console.WriteLine("{0} {1}    id:{2}",
                p.FirstName, p.LastName, p.ID);


Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0