vb.net - XML - Serialize to string and not to file/stream

Hi
Please tell me how I can serialize to a string, not to a file.

For example:
Dim serializer as New XmlSerializser(something.GetType())
Dim result as string
serializer.serialize(result, something.GetType())


See how I want the result to be put into a string, not written to a stream.

Thanks
Daniel
jaswwAsked:
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bacon7181Commented:
               Dim Serializer As New System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(something.GetType())
                ' We will serialize to a Memory Stream
                Dim ms As New MemoryStream
                Serializer.Serialize(ms, something)
                ' Then convert the memory stream to a string
                Dim myString As String = Convert.ToBase64String(ms.GetBuffer())
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jaswwAuthor Commented:
Thanks - I just need the IMPORTS "foo.bar.memory"  part for MemoryStream object please...
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bacon7181Commented:
System.IO
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jaswwAuthor Commented:
OK,
all I am getting is base64 garbage.
I need the original string.
convert.ToString() does not work.

Thanks
Daniel
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jaswwAuthor Commented:
It's ok


System.Text.Encoding.UTF8.GetString(ms.getBuffer())
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GoodJunCommented:
dim buffer as new MemoryStream()
dim formatter as New XmlSeriallizer(yourObject.GetType)

formatter.Serialize(buffer, yourObject)

dim output as string
output=system.text.encoding.ascii.getstring(buffer.ToArray)
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