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IFormatter Interface

Provides functionality for formatting serialized objects.

For a list of all members of this type, see IFormatter Members.

[Visual Basic]
Public Interface IFormatter
public interface IFormatter
public __gc __interface IFormatter
public interface IFormatter

Classes that Implement IFormatter

Class Description
BinaryFormatter Serializes and deserializes an object, or an entire graph of connected objects, in binary format.
Formatter Provides base functionality for the common language runtime serialization formatters.
SoapFormatter Serializes and deserializes an object, or an entire graph of connected objects, in SOAP format.


This interface must be implemented by any class identified as a formatter in the System.Runtime.Serialization architecture.

Objects controlling their own serialization can do so by implementing the ISerializable interface. In order for an object to be serialized, you must mark that object as being serializable. You can do this by applying the serializable attribute to a class. If any object in the graph is not serializable, serialization will fail.

Notes to Implementers:  All formatters must implement this interface. Use Serialize to serialize an object or graph of objects. Use Deserialize to deserialize a stream and create a clone of the original object or graph of objects.


Namespace: System.Runtime.Serialization

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family

Assembly: Mscorlib (in Mscorlib.dll)

See Also

IFormatter Members | System.Runtime.Serialization Namespace | XML and SOAP Serialization | Formatter | ISerializable