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Serialize a structure to xml in VB.NET

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I'm sure this is really really simple. So simple that I can't find an example of it anywhere.

I have a real simple structure defined in VB.NET. In contains some strings, dates, numbers, and a couple user-defined types. See the code snippet.

How do I serialize this to XML? I know there's some magic I can do that will convert this to and from XML without actually having to WRITE an xml parser... something to do with the "<Serializable()>" tag that I put somewhere...

but how?
''' <summary>
''' Defines header information about this media
''' </summary>
''' <remarks></remarks>
<Serializable()> _
Public Structure MediaProperties
    Dim name As String
    Dim owner As String
    Dim description As String
    Dim storagetype As StorageTypes
    Dim backuptype As BackupTypes
End Structure
 
Public Enum MediaTypes
    sometype1 = 1
    sometype2 = 2
    sometype3 = 3
End Enum
 
Public Enum StorageTypes
    sometype1 = 1
    sometype2 = 2
    sometype3 = 3
End Enum
 
Public Enum BackupTypes
    sometype1 = 1
    sometype2 = 2
    sometype3 = 3
End Enum

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' SERIALIZE
Dim fs As FileStream = New FileStream("serialized.xml", FileMode.Create)
Dim xs As XmlSerializer = New XmlSerializer(GetType( TYPE ) )
xs.Serialize(fs, OBJECT)
fs.Close

' DESERIALIZE
Dim fs As FileStream = New FileStream("serialized.xml", FileMode.Open)
Dim xs As XmlSerializer = New XmlSerializer(GetType( TYPE ) )
Dim obj As TYPE  = CType(xs.Deserialize(fs), TYPE )
fs.Close
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Try this out...I have read about it, but never used it much as I didn't realize it was there till I had already written a fucntion to write toi XML...  :(

http://www.java2s.com/Code/VB/XML/XML-Serialize.htm
http://www.devcity.net/Articles/113/1/dotnet_serialization.aspx
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' SERIALIZE
Dim fs As FileStream = New FileStream("serialized.xml", FileMode.Create)
Dim xs As XmlSerializer = New XmlSerializer(GetType( MediaProperties) )
xs.Serialize(fs, OBJECT)
fs.Close

' DESERIALIZE
Dim fs As FileStream = New FileStream("serialized.xml", FileMode.Open)
Dim xs As XmlSerializer = New XmlSerializer(GetType( MediaProperties) )
Dim obj As MediaProperties= CType(xs.Deserialize(fs), MediaProperties)
fs.Close
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