Monday, 9 December 2013

Using the DataContractSerializer to serialize and deserialize

 

To serialize a Business object marked with [DataContract] and properties marked with [DataMember] attributes…

public static string DataContractSerializeObject<T>(T objectToSerialize)

        {

using (var output = new StringWriter())

            {

using (var writer = new XmlTextWriter(output) { Formatting = Formatting.Indented })

                {

var dataContractSerializer = new DataContractSerializer(typeof(T), EntityUtilities.GetAllKnownTypes(), int.MaxValue, true, true, null);

                    dataContractSerializer.WriteObject(writer, objectToSerialize);

return output.GetStringBuilder().ToString();

                }

            }

        }

Then to deserialize back to your DataContract type, use this logic…

public static T Deserialize<T>(string xml)

        {

using (Stream stream = new MemoryStream())

            {

byte[] data = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(xml);

                stream.Write(data, 0, data.Length);

                stream.Position = 0;

var dataContractSerializer = new DataContractSerializer(typeof(T), EntityUtilities.GetAllKnownTypes(), int.MaxValue, true, true, null);

return (T)dataContractSerializer.ReadObject(stream);

            }

        }

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