CollectionDataContractAttribute Class

When applied to a collection type, enables custom specification of the collection item elements. This attribute can be applied only to types that are recognized by the DataContractSerializer as valid, serializable collections.

Inheritance Hierarchy

System.Object
  System.Attribute
    System.Runtime.Serialization.CollectionDataContractAttribute

Namespace:  System.Runtime.Serialization
Assembly:  System.Runtime.Serialization (in System.Runtime.Serialization.dll)

Syntax

'Declaration
<AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class Or AttributeTargets.Struct, Inherited := False,  _
    AllowMultiple := False)> _
Public NotInheritable Class CollectionDataContractAttribute _
    Inherits Attribute
[AttributeUsageAttribute(AttributeTargets.Class|AttributeTargets.Struct, Inherited = false, 
    AllowMultiple = false)]
public sealed class CollectionDataContractAttribute : Attribute

The CollectionDataContractAttribute type exposes the following members.

Constructors

  Name Description
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone CollectionDataContractAttribute Initializes a new instance of the CollectionDataContractAttribute class.

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Properties

  Name Description
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone IsReference Gets or sets a value that indicates whether to preserve object reference data.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone ItemName Gets or sets a custom name for a collection element.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone KeyName Gets or sets the custom name for a dictionary key name.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone Name Gets or sets the data contract name for the collection type.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone Namespace Gets or sets the namespace for the data contract.
Public propertySupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone ValueName Gets or sets the custom name for a dictionary value name.

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Methods

  Name Description
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone Equals Infrastructure. Returns a value that indicates whether this instance is equal to a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone Finalize Allows an object to try to free resources and perform other cleanup operations before the Object is reclaimed by garbage collection. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone GetHashCode Returns the hash code for this instance. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone GetType Gets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone Match When overridden in a derived class, returns a value that indicates whether this instance equals a specified object. (Inherited from Attribute.)
Protected methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone MemberwiseClone Creates a shallow copy of the current Object. (Inherited from Object.)
Public methodSupported by Silverlight for Windows Phone ToString Returns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)

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Remarks

The CollectionDataContractAttribute is intended to ease interoperability when working with data from non-Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services and to control the exact shape of serialized instances. To achieve this, the ItemName property enables you to control the names of the repeating items inside a collection.

The CollectionDataContractAttribute is also intended to be used with dictionary types to handle keyed collections. Dictionary types are classes that implement either the IDictionary or the IDictionary<TKey, TValue> interface, for example, the Dictionary<TKey, TValue>. Use the KeyName and ValueName properties to set custom names when using the Dictionary<TKey, TValue> class.

Version Information

Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.0

Platforms

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.