ExtensionDataObject Class

Stores data from a versioned data contract that has been extended by adding new members.

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

public final class ExtensionDataObject

The ExtensionDataObject is the structure that stores extra data encountered by the XmlObjectSerializer during deserialization operations. The structure is used by serialization to write the extra data into the serialized instance. The structure is returned by the ExtensionData property of the IExtensibleDataObject interface.

The following code serializes an instance of a type (PersonVersion2) that is the second version of the serializable type (Person). The second version contains extra data (ID field) that is not present in the first version. The code then deserializes the XML document into a Person object, then immediately reserializes the object including the extra data. Finally, the code deserializes the new XML into a PersonVersion2 object and writes the complete data to the console, proving that the data has made a round trip to and from an older version of the type. Note that the DataContractAttribute attribute must be applied with the Name and Namespace properties set to the same name and namespace as the original class.

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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
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