How to: Write Object Data to an XML File (Visual Basic)

This example writes the object from a class to an XML file using the XmlSerializer class.

Example

Public Module XMLWrite  
  
    Sub Main()  
        WriteXML()  
    End Sub  
  
    Public Class Book  
        Public Title As String  
    End Class  
  
    Public Sub WriteXML()  
        Dim overview As New Book  
        overview.Title = "Serialization Overview"  
        Dim writer As New System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(GetType(Book))  
        Dim file As New System.IO.StreamWriter(  
            "c:\temp\SerializationOverview.xml")  
        writer.Serialize(file, overview)  
        file.Close()  
    End Sub  
End Module  

Compiling the Code

The class must have a public constructor without parameters.

Robust Programming

The following conditions may cause an exception:

.NET Framework Security

This example creates a new file, if the file does not already exist. If an application needs to create a file, that application needs Create access for the folder. If the file already exists, the application needs only Write access, a lesser privilege. Where possible, it is more secure to create the file during deployment, and only grant Read access to a single file, rather than Create access for a folder.

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