Quick Tip – Using the ShouldSerializeXXX methods

September 2, 2009

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Quick Tip – Using the ShouldSerializeXXX methods

Something that I Quick Tip – Using the ShouldSerializeXXX methods
encountered last week.
The ShouldSerialize methods
are optional methods that
you can provide for
a class property.
These methods are built as ShouldSerializePropertyName
and inside of them you can provide a check that will determine whether the
property should be serialized or not. Of course this can be achieved only in
serializable classes.
An example of use:

public string Text { get; set; }
public bool ShouldSerializeText()
    return string.IsNullOrEmpty(Text);

Very helpful if I don’t what to serialize data that is not available.

For further reading – ShouldSerialize and Reset Methods.


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