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ConfigurationElement.SerializeElement Method

Writes the contents of this configuration element to the configuration file when implemented in a derived class.

Namespace:  System.Configuration
Assembly:  System.Configuration (in System.Configuration.dll)

Protected Friend Overridable Function SerializeElement ( _
	writer As XmlWriter, _
	serializeCollectionKey As Boolean _
) As Boolean
Dim writer As XmlWriter 
Dim serializeCollectionKey As Boolean 
Dim returnValue As Boolean 

returnValue = Me.SerializeElement(writer, _


Type: System.Xml.XmlWriter

The XmlWriter that writes to the configuration file.

Type: System.Boolean

true to serialize only the collection key properties; otherwise, false.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if any data was actually serialized; otherwise, false.


The current attribute is locked at a higher configuration level.

The following example shows how to extend the SerializeElement method.

Protected Overrides Function SerializeElement(ByVal writer _
    As System.Xml.XmlWriter, _
    ByVal serializeCollectionKey As Boolean) As Boolean 

    Dim ret As Boolean = _
        MyBase.SerializeElement(writer, serializeCollectionKey)
    ' Enter your custom processing code here. 
    Return ret
End Function 'SerializeElement

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

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, 2.0