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Is there an easy way to remove elements from an array without using an array list.

What I mean is,
can i have

Dim ooo() as object

and remove ooo(9) from the list, without having to shift elements and redim

In other words, I would put the 10th element in the 9th position, so on and so forth....
Is there any way around this?

I do not mind using an arraylist, however, WHEN I SERIALIZE ARRAY LIST THERE ARE PROBLEMS... IT DOES NOT SERIALIZE PROPERLY

HENCE, I hope to find some way to easily remove without using an arraylist....





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see other post about serialization of arraylist

Serializing an ArrayList
The ArrayList class can contain a collection of diverse objects. You can therefore use an ArrayList much as you use an array. Instead of creating a field that returns an array of typed objects, however, you can create a field that returns a single ArrayList. However, as with arrays, you must inform the XmlSerializer of the types of objects the ArrayList contains. To accomplish this, assign multiple instances of the XmlElementAttribute to the field, as shown in the following example.

[Visual Basic]
Public Class Group
    <XmlElement(Type:=GetType(Employee)), _
    XmlElement(Type:=GetType(Manager))> _
    Public Info As ArrayList
End Class
[C#]
public class Group{
    [XmlElement(Type = typeof(Employee)),
    XmlElement(Type = typeof(Manager))]
    public ArrayList Info;
}
Controlling Serialization of Classes Using XmlRootAttribute and XmlTypeAttribute
There are two attributes that can be applied to a class (and only a class): XmlRootAttribute and XmlTypeAttribute. These attributes are very similar. The XmlRootAttribute can be applied to only one class: the class that, when serialized, represents the XML document's opening and closing element — in other words, the "root" element. The XmlTypeAttribute, on the other hand, can be applied to any class, including the root class.

For example, in the previous examples, the Group class is the root class, and all its public fields and properties become the XML elements found in the XML document. Therefore, there can be only one root class. By applying the XmlRootAttribute, you can control the XML stream generated by the XmlSerializer. For example, you can change the element name and namespace.

The XmlTypeAttribute allows you to control the schema of the generated XML. This capability is useful when you need to publish the schema through an XML Web service. The following example applies both the XmlTypeAttribute and the XmlRootAttribute to the same class.

[Visual Basic]
<XmlRoot("NewGroupName"), _
XmlType("NewTypeName")> _
Public Class Group
    Public Employees() As Employee
End Class
[C#]
[XmlRoot("NewGroupName")]
[XmlType("NewTypeName")]
public class Group{
    public Employee[] Employees;
}
If this class is compiled, and the XML Schema Definition tool is used to generate its schema, you would find the following XML describing Group.

<xs:element name="NewGroupName" type="NewTypeName">
In contrast, if you were to serialize an instance of the class, only NewGroupName would be found in the XML document.

<NewGroupName>
    . . .
</NewGroupName>
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My real problem was that the arraylist I declared was private to the class, and hence private members would not get serialized...
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