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Author: phanindra yerra
Published: 6/23/2006 5:38 AM
Category: C#
Summary: In this article I explained what serialization is and how to do serialize an object into xml format in next article I will explain how to serialize object in to binary and soap formats




System.Runtime.Serialization namespace



 What is Serialization?

Serialization is the process of converting an object in to some format , which is comfortable to transport  across a network or persisted to a storage location. The serialized format contains the object's state information.

 What is Deserialization?

 Deserialization is the process of using the serialized state information to reconstruct the object from the    serialized state to its original state.

 Why we need serialization and deserialization

1)      Easy To Transport  : we can  easily transport data of type text or binary across the network rather than transporting an object

2)      Platform Independent: suppose for example you serialize a .net object to xml format and send it to any where. Any language can understand xml format.   

   Serialization   in .Net


                        Microsoft .NET framework provides 3 formats to which objects can be serialized. The formats are binary, SOAP, and XML. The format is controlled based upon what object is used to perform the serialization.

.Net Namespaces and classes for serialization

The XML format is produced by using the System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer class. The SOAP and binary formats are produced by using classes under the System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters namespace.

Out of all the 3 formats the binary format is the most compact and light of the three formats. The XML formatter only serializes public fields and properties, while binary and SOAP do not adhere to that limitation.



         using System;

using System.Collections;

using System.ComponentModel;

using System.Data;

using System.Drawing;

using System.Web;

using System.Web.SessionState;

using System.Web.UI;

using System.Web.UI.WebControls;

using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;

using System.Xml.Serialization;

using System.IO; 

namespace WorkingProject


      /// <summary>

      /// Summary description for Serialization.

      /// </summary>

      //////// this tag is for defining root tag name


        public class School


                  // for defining atttibute


                  public string SchoolName = "stmarys";

                  private string  _rno ;

                  private string _name = "";

            private string _branch = "";

             // for defining an element


                  public string Name


                        get { return this._name; }

                        set { this._name = value; }


                  public string Number


                        get { return this._rno; }

                        set { this._rno = value; }


              // igonring this while serializing


                  public string Branch


                        get { return this._branch; }

                        set { this._branch = value; }



                  public School()


                        _name = "phani";

                        _rno = "01e41a0520";

                        _branch = "cse";









      public class Serialization : System.Web.UI.Page


            private void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)


                  // Put user code to initialize the page here


                  School s1 = new School();

            s1.Name = "phanindra";


                  XmlSerializer serializer = new XmlSerializer(s1.GetType());

                  Stream stream = new FileStream("e:\\serialized.xml", FileMode.Create,

                        FileAccess.ReadWrite, FileShare.None);


                  serializer.Serialize(stream, s1);







Output Xml


         <?xml version="1.0" ?>

- <school xmlns:xsd="" xmlns:xsi="" SchoolName="stmarys">







         In this article I explained what serialization is and how to do serialize an object into xml format in next article I will explain how to serialize object in to binary and soap formats


Thanks for reading .


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