SettingsSerializeAsAttribute Class
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SettingsSerializeAsAttribute Class


Specifies the serialization mechanism that the settings provider should use. This class cannot be inherited.

Namespace:   System.Configuration
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)


[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class | AttributeTargets.Property)]
public sealed class SettingsSerializeAsAttribute : Attribute


Initializes an instance of the SettingsSerializeAsAttribute class.


Gets the SettingsSerializeAs enumeration value that specifies the serialization scheme.


When implemented in a derived class, gets a unique identifier for this Attribute.(Inherited from Attribute.)


This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns the hash code for this instance.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)


When overridden in a derived class, indicates whether the value of this instance is the default value for the derived class.(Inherited from Attribute.)


When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetIDsOfNames(Guid, IntPtr, UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Maps a set of names to a corresponding set of dispatch identifiers.(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.GetTypeInfo(UInt32, UInt32, IntPtr)

Retrieves the type information for an object, which can be used to get the type information for an interface.(Inherited from Attribute.)


Retrieves the number of type information interfaces that an object provides (either 0 or 1).(Inherited from Attribute.)

System_CAPS_pubinterfaceSystem_CAPS_privmethod_Attribute.Invoke(UInt32, Guid, UInt32, Int16, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr, IntPtr)

Provides access to properties and methods exposed by an object.(Inherited from Attribute.)

A settings provider often supports more than one of the .NET Framework standard serialization schemes. These schemes are outlined by the SettingsSerializeAs enumeration, and include plain text, XML, and binary serialization. In addition, a provider may optionally support a custom serialization scheme.

With the SettingsSerializeAsAttribute, you can specify which serialization mechanism should be used for a given application settings class or property. This attribute is considered a request to the settings provider. It may be ignored or cause an error if the provider or the individual property type does not support the specified serialization scheme. If this attribute is not present, the provider will usually provide a default serialization mechanism, most commonly plain text.

Although the settings provider may provide a way to dynamically change the serialization mechanism during run time, this is not a typical capability.

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0

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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