Monday, April 25, 2011

How to Serialize and DeSerialize a Generic List

private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
List<Employee> emps = new List<Employee>();
emps.Add(new Employee("1", "Sabu"));
emps.Add(new Employee("2", "John"));
emps.Add(new Employee("3", "Tom"));
emps.Add(new Employee("4", "George"));
string serializedXmlString = XmlSerialize(emps);
List<Employee> deserializedEmps = XmlDeserialize(serializedXmlString);

//XmlSerialize method
public string XmlSerialize(List<Employee> emps)
System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer xmlSer = new System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(emps.GetType());
StringWriter textWriter = new StringWriter();
xmlSer.Serialize(textWriter, emps);
xmlSer = null;
return textWriter.ToString();

//XmlDeserialize method
public List<Employee> XmlDeserialize(String data)
System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer xmlSer = new System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer(typeof(List<Employee>));
TextReader reader = new StringReader(data);
object obj = xmlSer.Deserialize(reader);
return (List<Employee>)obj;

//Employee Class with Serializable attribute

public class Employee
public Employee()
ID = "";
Name = "";

public Employee(String id, String name)
ID = id;
Name = name;

public string ID { get; set; }
public string Name { get; set; }


  1. Hi,

    Thnax for yours valuable article.

    for SOA architecture xml serialization and de-serialization is main concern.

    Again thank you.

  2. Thanks, I've looked at so many ways on how to serialize and de-serialize a list and most don't work correctly, your is simple and works great.

  3. thanks for your post.

    i want to deserialize that text in JSON, but i cant

    i am using
    and the senctence is

    datos1 = TryCast(Newtonsoft.Json.JsonConvert.DeserializeObject(Of datosPrueba)(sLine), datosPrueba)

    in datosPrueba is a clas with all the objets, name, idresource....
    but i cant
    the text in JSON is:

    "startDate":"30/09/2013 09:00",
    "endDate":"30/09/2013 09:10",
    "timeOut":"24/09/2013 16:02:23",

    sorry, my english is very bad