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C# - XML serialization of an ENUM

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i have an enum like this

    enum Importance
    {
      None=0,
      Trivial=1,
      Regular=2,
      Important=3,
      Critica=4
    };

I will like to XML serialize it and be able to read from a file . So I can add and modify the enum out side the application.  How will I specify the XML attributes in the enum, and what function(s) I need to call to retrival enum form file?
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So I can add and modify the enum out side the application.
An enum is a static definition of code. What you are talking about is dynamic, and you won't be able to do this without reflection, and quite likely dynamic compilation. It's not incredibly difficult to do, but I would question the benefit of doing such.
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by:sedgwick
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there's no problem serializing enum properties as xml attribute, simply decorate the property with  [XmlAttribute]:
    public class Test
    {
        public enum Importance
        {
            None = 0,
            Trivial = 1,
            Regular = 2,
            Important = 3,
            Critica = 4
        };
 [XmlAttribute]
        public Importance importance { get; set; }
    }

    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
            using (var writer = XmlWriter.Create(sb))
            {
                var test = new Test
                {
                    importance = Test.Importance.Regular
                };
                var serializer = new XmlSerializer(test.GetType());
                serializer.Serialize(writer, test);
            }
            Console.WriteLine(sb.ToString());
        }
    }

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