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IXmlSerializable.ReadXml Method

Generates an object from its XML representation.

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

void ReadXml(
	XmlReader reader


Type: System.Xml.XmlReader

The XmlReader stream from which the object is deserialized.

The ReadXml method must reconstitute your object using the information that was written by the WriteXml method.

When this method is called, the reader is positioned at the start of the element that wraps the information for your type. That is, just before the start tag that indicates the beginning of a serialized object. When this method returns, it must have read the entire element from beginning to end, including all of its contents. Unlike the WriteXml method, the framework does not handle the wrapper element automatically. Your implementation must do so. Failing to observe these positioning rules may cause code to generate unexpected runtime exceptions or corrupt data.

When implementing this method, you should consider the possibility that a malicious user might provide a well-formed but invalid XML representation in order to disable or otherwise alter the behavior of your application.

The following example illustrates an implementation of the ReadXml method.

public void ReadXml (XmlReader reader)
    personName = reader.ReadString();
    void ReadXml (XmlReader* reader)
        personName = reader->ReadString();

The following example illustrates the use of the XmlSerializer class to deserialize this object.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Xml.Serialization;

public class Reader {

  public static void Main() {
    XmlSerializer serializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Person));
    FileStream file = new FileStream("test.xml", FileMode.Open);
    Person aPerson = (Person) serializer.Deserialize(file);

#using <mscorlib.dll>
#using <System.Xml.dll>
#using <System.dll>
#using <Person.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::IO;
using namespace System::Xml::Serialization;

int main() {
   XmlSerializer* serializer = new XmlSerializer(__typeof(Person));
   FileStream* file = new FileStream(S"test.xml", FileMode::Open);
   Person* aPerson = dynamic_cast<Person*> (serializer->Deserialize(file));

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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, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0