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How can I Serialize an object in one project and De-Serialize it in another?

Posted on 2014-11-25
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Hello,

In order to save certain program settings, I created an object, and added the <Serializable()> tag to it.  Then in my code, I can save those settings using code like:

        Dim saveFile As New FileStream(ExportFile_PathName, FileMode.Create, FileAccess.Write, FileShare.None)

        Dim formatter As New BinaryFormatter
        formatter.Serialize(saveFile, Settings)

        saveFile.Close()


and load them using code like:


               readFile = File.OpenRead(SettingsFile_PathName)

                Dim BFormatter As BinaryFormatter
                BFormatter = New BinaryFormatter

                Settings = New clsCattle_Settings(CType(BFormatter.Deserialize(readFile), clsCattle_Settings))


                readFile.Close()


This works perfectly when all of the code for saving and loading these serialized files is within the same program.  However, what I would like to do is create a different program to create those settings files than the one that will be loading them.  When I tried to do this, though, the program that is loading the file does not recognize the file format.  So clearly there is some kind of meta-data in the serialized file stating where the object being serialized was created, and the BinaryFormatter in Program B cannot convert the class serialized in Program A to the same type of class.

So is there a way to get around this?  Thank you.

Vijay
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You need to create a common library that both projects share. Place the settings class in that library. Then you should be able to (de)serialize across those boundaries.
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I'll try that.  Thanks!
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