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SoapAttributeOverrides Class

Allows you to override attributes applied to properties, fields, and classes when you use an XmlSerializer to serialize or deserialize an object as encoded SOAP.

System.Object
  System.Xml.Serialization.SoapAttributeOverrides

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

'Declaration
Public Class SoapAttributeOverrides

The SoapAttributeOverrides type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkSoapAttributeOverridesInitializes a new instance of the SoapAttributeOverrides class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertySupported by the XNA FrameworkItem(Type)Gets the object associated with the specified (base class) type.
Public propertySupported by the XNA FrameworkItem(Type, String)Gets the object associated with the specified (base class) type. The member parameter specifies the base class member that is overridden.
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  NameDescription
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkAdd(Type, SoapAttributes)Adds a SoapAttributes to a collection of SoapAttributes objects. The type parameter specifies an object to be overridden by the SoapAttributes.
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkAdd(Type, String, SoapAttributes)Adds a SoapAttributes to the collection of SoapAttributes objects contained by the SoapAttributeOverrides. The type parameter specifies the object to be overridden by the SoapAttributes. The member parameter specifies the name of a member that is overridden.
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkEquals(Object)Determines whether the specified Object is equal to the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkFinalizeAllows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before it is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkGetHashCodeServes as a hash function for a particular type. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkMemberwiseCloneCreates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by the XNA FrameworkToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
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The SoapAttributeOverrides class enables an XmlSerializer to override the default way of serializing a set of objects. Overriding serialization in this way has two uses: first, you can control and augment the serialization of objects found in a DLL, even if you do not have access to the source; second, you can create one set of serializable classes, but serialize the objects in multiple ways. For example, instead of serializing members of a class instance as XML elements, you can serialize them as XML attributes, resulting in a more efficient document to transport.

After you create a SoapAttributeOverrides, you create an XmlTypeMapping using the ImportTypeMapping method of the SoapReflectionImporter class. Pass the resulting object as an argument to the XmlSerializer constructor. The resulting XmlSerializer uses the data contained by the SoapAttributeOverrides to override attributes that control how objects are serialized. To accomplish this, the SoapAttributeOverrides contains a collection of the object types that are overridden, as well as a SoapAttributes associated with each overridden object type. Each SoapAttributes contains an appropriate set of attribute objects that control how each field, property, or class is serialized.

The process for creating and using a SoapAttributeOverrides is as follows:

  1. Create a SoapAttributes.

  2. Create an attribute object that is appropriate to the object being overridden. For example, to override a field or property, create a SoapElementAttribute, using the new, derived type. You can optionally assign a new ElementName that overrides the base class's attribute name or namespace.

  3. Add the attribute object to the appropriate SoapAttributes property or collection. For example, you would set the SoapElement property of the SoapAttributes object to the SoapElementAttribute and specify the member name that is being overridden.

  4. Create a SoapAttributeOverrides.

  5. Add the SoapAttributes to the SoapAttributeOverrides using the Add method. If the object being overridden is a SoapTypeAttribute, you need only specify the type of the overridden object. But if you are overriding a field or property, you must also specify the name of the overridden member.

  6. Create an XmlTypeMapping using the ImportTypeMapping method of the SoapReflectionImporter class.

  7. When constructing the XmlSerializer, pass the XmlTypeMapping to the XmlSerializer constructor.

  8. Use the resulting XmlSerializer to serialize or deserialize the class objects.

The following example serializes a class named Group. The serialization of the GroupName and IgnoreThis fields and the members of the GroupType enumeration are overridden. In the CreateOverrideSerializer method, a SoapAttributeOverrides is created, and for each overridden member or enumeration, a SoapAttributes is created with the appropriate property set and added to the SoapAttributeOverrides. An XmlTypeMapping is created using the SoapAttributeOverrides, and that XmlTypeMapping is used to create the XmlSerializer that overrides the default serialization.


Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Text
Imports System.Xml
Imports System.Xml.Serialization
Imports System.Xml.Schema

Public Class Group
   <SoapAttribute (Namespace:= "http:'www.cpandl.com")> _
   Public GroupName As String 

   <SoapAttribute(DataType:= "base64Binary")> _
   Public GroupNumber() As Byte

   <SoapAttribute(DataType:= "date", _
   AttributeName:= "CreationDate")> _
   Public Today As DateTime 
   <SoapElement(DataType:= "nonNegativeInteger", _
   ElementName:= "PosInt")> _
   Public PostitiveInt As String 
   ' This is ignored when serialized unless it's overridden.
   <SoapIgnore> _ 
   Public IgnoreThis As Boolean 

   Public Grouptype As GroupType 

   Public MyVehicle As Vehicle 

   '  The SoapInclude allows the method to return a Car.
   <SoapInclude(GetType(Car))> _
   Public Function myCar(licNumber As String ) As Vehicle 
      Dim v As Vehicle 
      if licNumber = "" Then
         v = New Car()
         v.licenseNumber = "!!!!!!"
      else  
   	   v = New Car()
   	   v.licenseNumber = licNumber
      End If

      return v
   End Function
End Class

' SoapInclude allows Vehicle to accept Car type.
<SoapInclude(GetType(Car))> _
Public MustInherit  class Vehicle
   Public licenseNumber As String 
   Public makeDate As DateTime 
End Class

Public Class Car
   Inherits Vehicle

End Class

Public enum GroupType
   ' These enums can be overridden.
   <SoapEnum("Small")> _
   A
   <SoapEnum("Large")> _ 
   B
End Enum

Public Class Run

   Shared Sub Main()
      Dim test As Run = New Run()
      test.SerializeOriginal("SoapOriginal.xml")
      test.SerializeOverride("SoapOverrides.xml")
      test.DeserializeOriginal("SoapOriginal.xml")
      test.DeserializeOverride("SoapOverrides.xml")
   End SUb

   Public Sub SerializeOriginal(filename As String)

      ' Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class.
      Dim myMapping As XmlTypeMapping = _
      (New SoapReflectionImporter().ImportTypeMapping _
      (GetType(Group)))
      Dim mySerializer As XmlSerializer =  _
      New XmlSerializer(myMapping)

      Dim myGroup As Group =MakeGroup()
      ' Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
      Dim writer As XmlTextWriter  = _
      New XmlTextWriter(filename, Encoding.UTF8)
      writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented
      writer.WriteStartElement("wrapper")
      ' Serialize the class, and close the TextWriter.
      mySerializer.Serialize(writer, myGroup)
      writer.WriteEndElement()
      writer.Close()
   End Sub

   Public Sub SerializeOverride(filename As String)
      ' Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class
      ' that overrides the serialization.
      Dim overRideSerializer As XmlSerializer = _
      CreateOverrideSerializer()
      Dim myGroup As Group =MakeGroup()
      ' Writing the file requires a TextWriter.
      Dim writer As XmlTextWriter  = _
      New XmlTextWriter(filename, Encoding.UTF8)
      writer.Formatting = Formatting.Indented
      writer.WriteStartElement("wrapper")
      ' Serialize the class, and close the TextWriter.
      overRideSerializer.Serialize(writer, myGroup)
      writer.WriteEndElement()
      writer.Close()
    End Sub

   private Function MakeGroup() As Group 
      ' Create an instance of the class that will be serialized.
      Dim myGroup As Group  = New Group()

      ' Set the object properties.
      myGroup.GroupName = ".NET"

      Dim hexByte()As Byte = new Byte(1){Convert.ToByte(100), _
      Convert.ToByte(50)}
      myGroup.GroupNumber = hexByte

      Dim myDate As DateTime  = new DateTime(2002,5,2)
      myGroup.Today = myDate

      myGroup.PostitiveInt = "10000"
	myGroup.IgnoreThis = true
	myGroup.Grouptype = GroupType.B
	Dim thisCar As Car 
	thisCar =CType(myGroup.myCar("1234566"), Car)
	myGroup.myVehicle=thisCar
      return myGroup
   End Function   	

   Public Sub DeserializeOriginal(filename As String)
      ' Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class.
      Dim myMapping As XmlTypeMapping = _
      (New SoapReflectionImporter().ImportTypeMapping _
      (GetType(Group)))
      Dim mySerializer As XmlSerializer =  _
      New XmlSerializer(myMapping)

      ' Reading the file requires an  XmlTextReader.
      Dim reader As XmlTextReader = _
      New XmlTextReader(filename)
      reader.ReadStartElement("wrapper")

      ' Deserialize and cast the object.
      Dim myGroup As Group  = _
      CType(mySerializer.Deserialize(reader), Group)
      reader.ReadEndElement()
      reader.Close()
   End Sub

   Public Sub DeserializeOverride(filename As String)
      ' Create an instance of the XmlSerializer class.
      Dim overRideSerializer As XmlSerializer  = _
      CreateOverrideSerializer()

      ' Reading the file requires an  XmlTextReader.
      Dim reader As XmlTextReader = _
      New XmlTextReader(filename)
      reader.ReadStartElement("wrapper")

      ' Deserialize and cast the object.
      Dim myGroup As Group = _
      CType(overRideSerializer.Deserialize(reader), Group)
      reader.ReadEndElement()
      reader.Close()
      ReadGroup(myGroup)
   End Sub

   private Sub ReadGroup(myGroup As Group)
      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.GroupName)
      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.GroupNumber(0))
      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.GroupNumber(1))
      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.Today)
      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.PostitiveInt)
      Console.WriteLine(myGroup.IgnoreThis)
      Console.WriteLine()
   End Sub

   Private Function CreateOverrideSerializer() As XmlSerializer
      Dim soapOver As SoapAttributeOverrides = New SoapAttributeOverrides()
      Dim soapAtts As SoapAttributes = New SoapAttributes()

      Dim mySoapElement As SoapElementAttribute = New SoapElementAttribute()
      mySoapElement.ElementName = "xxxx"
      soapAtts.SoapElement = mySoapElement
      soapOver.Add(GetType(Group), "PostitiveInt", soapAtts)

      ' Override the IgnoreThis property.
      Dim myIgnore As SoapIgnoreAttribute  = new SoapIgnoreAttribute()
      soapAtts = New SoapAttributes()
      soapAtts.SoapIgnore = false
      soapOver.Add(GetType(Group), "IgnoreThis", soapAtts)

      ' Override the GroupType enumeration.
      soapAtts = New SoapAttributes()
      Dim xSoapEnum As SoapEnumAttribute = new SoapEnumAttribute()
      xSoapEnum.Name = "Over1000"
      soapAtts.SoapEnum = xSoapEnum
      ' Add the SoapAttributes to the SoapOverrides object.
      soapOver.Add(GetType(GroupType), "A", soapAtts)

      ' Create second enumeration and add it.
      soapAtts = New SoapAttributes()
      xSoapEnum = New SoapEnumAttribute()
      xSoapEnum.Name = "ZeroTo1000"
      soapAtts.SoapEnum = xSoapEnum
      soapOver.Add(GetType(GroupType), "B", soapAtts)

      ' Override the Group type.
      soapAtts = New SoapAttributes()
      Dim soapType As SoapTypeAttribute = New SoapTypeAttribute()
      soapType.TypeName = "Team"
      soapAtts.SoapType = soapType
      soapOver.Add(GetType(Group),soapAtts)
	
      Dim myMapping As XmlTypeMapping = (New SoapReflectionImporter( _
      soapOver)).ImportTypeMapping(GetType(Group))
	
       Dim ser As XmlSerializer = new XmlSerializer(myMapping)
      return ser
   End Function
End Class


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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