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Object Reader and Writer

, 23 Mar 2008
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Reads/Writes an object from/to a stream


Some days ago, I was writing a program that needed to parse a truetype font. I found that there is no class to fill a structure from a stream. So I wrote one myself.

Using the Code

Basically, if you only want to read/write a structure with the following conditions...

  1. All data is stored in fields
  2. All data is primitive type

... it will be very easy, like this:

'reader can be BinaryReader or Stream
result = ObjectReader(Of SomeStruct).Read(reader)
'writer can be BinaryWriter or Stream
ObjectWriter(Of SomeStruct).Write(obj, writer) 

Arrays and non-primitive types can also be read/written, but you need to add some attribute to the field. Here is an example:

    (Runtime.InteropServices.LayoutKind.Sequential)> _
Public Structure TestStruct
    Public aInt As Integer
    Public bInt64 As Long
    <ArraySize(16)> _
    Public bArr As Byte()
    <ArraySize(4)> _
    Public dIArr As Integer()
    <ObjectReaderWriterInclude()> _
    Public eNested As TestStruct3
    Public fNotInclude As TestStruct2 ' this field will not be read/written
    <ObjectReaderWriterInclude()> _
    Public gNested2 As TestStruct2
    <ArraySize(2), ObjectReaderWriterInclude()> _
    Public hNestedArray As TestStruct2()
End Structure

    (Runtime.InteropServices.LayoutKind.Sequential)> _
Public Structure TestStruct2
    Public aB As Byte
    <ArraySize(10)> _
    Public bBArr As Byte()
End Structure

    (Runtime.InteropServices.LayoutKind.Sequential)> _
Public Class TestStruct3
    Public aInt As Integer
    <ObjectReaderWriterInclude()> _
    Public bNested As TestStruct2
End Class


  • 2008-03-24: Initial post


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