Implementing a serialization formatter
Posted on 2003-11-06
I am trying to implement my own formatter that implements and adheres to the standards of the IFormatter interface. I have run into a bit of an issue trying to serialize classes that implement the ISerializable interface. Specifically, I don't know how to repopulate the members (via the special New constructor). The MSDN documentation for the FormatterServices.PopulateObjectMembers function claims that:
"if the object implements ISerializable, the populating is handed off to the object itself. If a matching surrogate is not found, and the object does not implement the ISerializable interface, then deserialization populates each field listed in members, with the corresponding value listed in data."
Based on this, I figure I need to call this method to populate the data for classes that implement ISerializable. What I can't figure out is what to pass for the "members()" parameter. It expects an array of MemberInfo objects, but I can't construct those, the constructor is protected. I even tried to create my own class that inherits from MemberInfo, but it just threw an error when I passed it in saying:
"An unhandled exception of type 'System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationException' occurred in mscorlib.dll
Additional information: Only FieldInfo, PropertyInfo, and SerializationMemberInfo are recognized."
Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can get around this? Does anyone know what a SerializationMemberInfo is?