The namespace contains classes that can be used for serializing and deserializing objects. Serialization is the process of converting an object or a graph of objects into a linear sequence of bytes for either storage or transmission to another location. Deserialization is the process of taking in stored information and recreating objects from it.
The ISerializable interface provides a way for classes to control their own serialization behavior. Classes in the System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters namespace control the actual formatting of various data types encapsulated in the serialized objects.
Formatters that serialize and deserialize objects to and from a particular format can be found in the System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters namespace.
|CollectionDataContractAttribute||When applied to a collection type, enables custom specification of the collection item elements. This attribute can be applied only to types that are recognized by the DataContractSerializer as valid, serializable collections.|
|ContractNamespaceAttribute||Specifies the CLR namespace and XML namespace of the data contract.|
|DataContractAttribute||Specifies that the type defines or implements a data contract and can be serialized by a serializer, such as the DataContractSerializer.|
|DataContractResolver||Provides a mechanism for dynamically mapping types to and from xsi:type representations during serialization and deserialization.|
|DataContractSerializer||Serializes and deserializes an instance of a type into an XML stream or document using a supplied data contract. This class cannot be inherited.|
|DataContractSerializerSettings||Specifies data contract serializer settings.|
|DataMemberAttribute||When applied to the member of a type, specifies that the member is part of a data contract and is serializable by the DataContractSerializer.|
|DateTimeFormat||Specifies date-time format options.|
|EnumMemberAttribute||Specifies that the field is an enumeration member and should be serialized.|
|IgnoreDataMemberAttribute||When applied to the member of a type, specifies that the member is not part of a data contract and is not serialized.|
|InvalidDataContractException||The exception that is thrown when the DataContractSerializer encounters an invalid data contract during serialization and deserialization.|
|KnownTypeAttribute||Specifies types that should be recognized by the DataContractSerializer when serializing or deserializing a given type.|
|OnDeserializedAttribute||When applied to a method, specifies that the method is called immediately after deserialization of the object.|
|OnDeserializingAttribute||When applied to a method, specifies that the method is called during deserialization of an object.|
|OnSerializedAttribute||When applied to a method, specifies that the method is called after serialization of an object graph.|
|OnSerializingAttribute||When applied to a method, specifies that the method is called before serialization of an object.|
|SerializationException||The exception thrown when an error occurs during serialization or deserialization.|
|XmlObjectSerializer||Provides the base class used to serialize objects as XML streams or documents. This class is abstract.|
|StreamingContext||Describes the source and destination of a given serialized stream, and provides an additional caller-defined context.|