Simple deserialization of XML to C# object

http://www.janholinka.net/Blog/Article/11

1. Prepare XML string

  string xmlString = "<Products><Product><Id>1</Id><Name>My XML product</Name></Product><Product><Id>2</Id><Name>My second product</Name></Product></Products>";

2. Prepare C# object

  public class Product
  {
      public int Id { get; set; }
      public string Name { get; set; }
  }

3. Create XML serializer

First argument is type of object you want to get and in second argument you specify root attribute of your XML source.

  XmlSerializer serializer = new XmlSerializer(typeof(List<Product>), newXmlRootAttribute("Products"));

4. Create StringReader object

  StringReader stringReader = new StringReader(xmlString);

5. Finally, deserialize to your C# object

  List<Product> productList = (List<Product>)serializer.Deserialize(stringReader);

You can use our StringReader as argument or StreamWriter for external xml file too.

That’s all.

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