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Serialize an object to / from XML

Serializing¬† allows you to simply store or load an object’s contents to a XML file.

Classes can be serialized to XML. All public fields will be serialized automatically

Use the [XmlIgnoreAttribute] to prevent serialization.

Example

[XmlIgnoreAttribute]

int notToBeSerialized;

Sample:

Save or load an object to an XML file.

These functions can throw exceptions which must be handled !

class XMLSerializer
{
   public static T read<T>(string path)
   {
      T data = default(T);
      System.IO.TextReader reader = new System.IO.StreamReader(path);
      System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer ser = new System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(typeof(T));
      data = (T)ser.Deserialize(reader);
      reader.Close();
      reader.Dispose();
      return (data);
   }

   public static void write<T>(string path, string filename, T data)
   {
      if (!Directory.Exists(path)) Directory.CreateDirectory(path);
      path += "\" + filename;
      System.IO.TextWriter writer = new System.IO.StreamWriter(path);
      System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer ser = new System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(typeof(T));
      ser.Serialize(writer, data);
      writer.Close();
      writer.Dispose();
      return (true);
   }
}
Lastest update in May 2011, inital post in May 2011