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InvalidDataContractException Class

The exception that is thrown when the DataContractSerializer or NetDataContractSerializer encounters an invalid data contract during serialization and deserialization.

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

public class InvalidDataContractException extends Exception

An instance of this type will be thrown if the DataContractSerializer or NetDataContractSerializer detects that the type of the instance being serialized or deserialized is invalid. An instance of this type will also be thrown if an invalid type is passed to the schema import or export engine.

The following example shows a service contract, ICalculator, that includes two methods, Add and MoreData. The MoreData method returns an instance of the ExtraData class, which is also declared in the code. When the implemented interface Calculator runs, an InvalidDataContractException will be thrown because the ExtraData class does not have the DataContractAttribute applied to it.

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Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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