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Serialize/DeSerialize Array(C#)

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Submitted on: 4/2/2002 12:18:19 PM
By: Chris Andersen 
Level: Beginner
User Rating: By 2 Users
Compatibility: C#
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     Just a simple sample of saving retrieving a string array to a SOAP message. An excellent easy way to save and restore config files for your app without long winded ini or xml code. Uses the system.runtime.serialization.formatters.soap.dll reference.
 
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//**************************************
// Name: Serialize/DeSerialize Array(C#)
// Description:Just a simple sample of saving retrieving a string array to a SOAP message. An excellent easy way to save and restore config files for your app without long winded ini or xml code.
Uses the system.runtime.serialization.formatters.soap.dll reference.
// By: Chris Andersen
//
//This code is copyrighted and has// limited warranties.Please see http://www.Planet-Source-Code.com/vb/scripts/ShowCode.asp?txtCodeId=186&lngWId=10//for details.//**************************************

// created on 04/02/2002 at 9:50 AM using SharpDevelop http://www.icsharpcode.net
// by Chris Andersen(aka Cander)
// The following is a Serialize/Deserialize to/from SOAP for a string array. Perfect
// for easily getting and saving configuration files.
using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Soap;
public class SerializeClass
{
	public static void Main(string[] args)
	{
		// this is the procedure that runs when the app is run.
		// initialize our string array to hold 2 values
		string[] a = new string[2];
		a[0] = "Hello";
		a[1] = "Goodbye";
		
		SerializeArray(a,"test.xml");
		DeSerializeArray("test.xml");
	}
	public static void SerializeArray(string[] arList, string fname)
	{
		// Serialize the passed in string array to a SOAP message into the specified
		// xml file.
		// Output to console the values in the the passed
		Console.WriteLine(arList[0]);
		Console.WriteLine(arList[1]);
		Console.WriteLine("Please wait while settings are saved...");
		// Create a file to hold the SOAP message
		FileStream fstream = new FileStream(fname, FileMode.Create, FileAccess.Write);
		SoapFormatter soapFormat = new SoapFormatter();
		
		try
		{
			// Write the array as a SOAP message to the open file
			soapFormat.Serialize(fstream, arList);
		}
		finally
		{
			// Close the file
			fstream.Close();
			Console.WriteLine("Soap transfer is complete!");
		}
	}
	public static void DeSerializeArray(string fname )
	{
		// Deserialize the SOAP message back into a string array.
		FileStream fstream = new FileStream(fname, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);
		SoapFormatter soapFormat = new SoapFormatter();
		string[] b;
		
		try
		{
			// convert the returned object to a string array and set it to the declared
			// string array variable
			b = (string[])soapFormat.Deserialize(fstream);
		}
		finally
		{
			fstream.Close();
			Console.WriteLine("Soap transfer is complete!");
		}
		// Write the retrieved array to the console to mshow that it did in fact retrieve
		// the array values from the SOAP message.
		Console.WriteLine(b[0]);
		Console.WriteLine(b[1]);
	}
}


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