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XmlArrayItemAttribute Constructor

Initializes a new instance of the XmlArrayItemAttribute class.

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

public XmlArrayItemAttribute()

The following example serializes a class named Transportation that contains a field named MyVehicles that returns an array of Vehicle objects. The example applies the XmlArrayItemAttribute to the field, allowing the XmlSerializer to insert instances of the Car class, which is derived from the Vehicle class, into the array.


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

public class Vehicle
{
   public string id;
}
public class Car:Vehicle
{
   public string Maker;   
}

public class Transportation
{  
   [XmlArrayItem(), 
   XmlArrayItem(typeof(Car), ElementName = "Automobile")]
   public Vehicle[] MyVehicles;
}

public class Run
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      Run test = new Run();
      test.SerializeObject("XmlArrayItem1.xml");
      test.DeserializeObject("XmlArrayItem1.xml");
   }

   private void SerializeObject(string filename){
      // Creates an XmlSerializer for the Transportation class. 
      XmlSerializer MySerializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Transportation));

      // Writing the XML file to disk requires a TextWriter.
      TextWriter myTextWriter = new StreamWriter(filename);

      // Creates the object to serialize.
      Transportation myTransportation = new Transportation();

      // Creates objects to add to the array.
      Vehicle myVehicle= new Vehicle() ;
      myVehicle.id = "A12345";

      Car myCar = new Car();
      myCar.id = "Car 34";
      myCar.Maker = "FamousCarMaker";

      myTransportation.MyVehicles = 
      new Vehicle[2] {myVehicle, myCar};

      // Serializes the object, and closes the StreamWriter.
      MySerializer.Serialize(myTextWriter, myTransportation);
      myTextWriter.Close();
   }

   private void DeserializeObject(string filename)
   {
      // Creates an XmlSerializer instance.
      XmlSerializer mySerializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(Transportation));
      FileStream myFileStream = new FileStream(filename,FileMode.Open);
      Transportation myTransportation =
      (Transportation) mySerializer.Deserialize(myFileStream);

      for(int i = 0; i < myTransportation.MyVehicles.Length;i++)
      {
         Console.WriteLine(myTransportation.MyVehicles[i].id);
      }
   }
 }


.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

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

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.
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