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25 Feb 2010Ms-PL
An easy way to perform serialization of these objects

You often read on the web that the DependencyObjects are not marked as serializable and that this is a major drawback...

But there is an easy way to perform serialization of these objects: use XAMLWriter and XAMLReader:

public class MyDependencyObject : DependencyObject
public static readonly DependencyProperty MyDependencyPropertyProperty =
	typeof(String), typeof(MyDependencyObject));
  public String MyDependencyProperty
    get { return (String)GetValue(MyDependencyObject.MyDependencyPropertyProperty); }
    set { SetValue(MyDependencyObject.MyDependencyPropertyProperty, value); }
MyDependencyObject obj = new MyDependencyObject();
obj.MyDependencyProperty = "One love";
String serializedString = XamlWriter.Save(obj);

It will produce something like this:

<MyDependencyObject MyDependencyProperty="One love" 

	xmlns="clr-namespace:ANTOINE.Jonathan;assembly=ANTOINE.Jonathan" />
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Comments and Discussions

QuestionAny easy solution for generics too? Pin
hans windhoff30-Sep-11 18:17
Memberhans windhoff30-Sep-11 18:17 

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