Friday, 22 February 2019

Serializing a data contract with xml declaration and indented formatting

This code will serialize your object graph and also do xml indentation and adding an xml declaration at the top, using DataContractSerializer.



public static string SerializeObjectIndented(T dataContract, bool omitXmlDeclaration = false) where T : class
{
 using (var output = new StringWriter())
 {
  using (var writer = new XmlTextWriter(output) { Formatting = Formatting.Indented })
  {
   if (!omitXmlDeclaration)
    writer.WriteStartDocument();
   var serializer = new System.Runtime.Serialization.DataContractSerializer(typeof(T));
   serializer.WriteObject(writer, dataContract);
   
   return output.GetStringBuilder().ToString();
  }
 }
}

To use it, just pass in your object and get an xml back!

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