Serialize and Deserialize Objects by Using BinaryFormatter

Introduction

The following code sample shows the implementation of "BinaryFormatter". The code defines a class named "MyBinaryFormatter" to demonstrate serialization and deserialization using the "BinaryFormatter" class. The code creates an object of a List collection named "Customers" to store the name of a Customer and adds four names to the collection. The code uses the "BinaryFormatter" class to write the state of the List object to a file named "Customer.dat" using the Serialize method of the BinaryFormattter class. After serializing the list, the code restores the serialized data from the "Customer.dat" file, back into the form of the original object using the "Deserialize" method of the "BinaryFormatter" class, and creates a new list nemed "Customers2". The code finally displays the content of the newly created list, "Customer2", to check whether or not the data is desrialized in the correct format.

Code

class MyBinaryFormatter
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            List<string> Customers = new List<string>();
            Customers.Add("Kailsh");
            Customers.Add("Ramsharan");
            Customers.Add("Panchanan");
            Customers.Add("Roupya Manjari");

            FileStream FS = new FileStream("Customer.txt", FileMode.Create);
            Serialize(Customers, FS);
            FS.Flush();
            FS.Close();
            FS = new FileStream("Customer.txt", FileMode.Open);
            List<string> Customers2 = Deserialize(FS);
            FS.Close();

            if (Customers2 != null)
            {
                foreach (string Customer in Customers2)
                {
                    Console.WriteLine(Customer);
                }
            }
                Console.ReadLine();

        }
        private static void Serialize(List<string> customers, FileStream fs)
        {
            BinaryFormatter BF = new BinaryFormatter();
            try
            {
                BF.Serialize(fs, customers);
                Console.WriteLine("Successfully Serialized");
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Unable to Serialize from binary format");
                //Console.WriteLine("Unable to deserialize from binary format");
                Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
            }
        }
        private static List<string> Deserialize(FileStream fs)
        {
            BinaryFormatter BF = new BinaryFormatter();
            List<string>LS=null;
            try
            {
                LS = (List<string>)BF.Deserialize(fs);
                Console.WriteLine("Successfully Deserialized");
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                Console.WriteLine("Unable to Deserialize from binary format");
                //Console.WriteLine("Unable to deserialize from binary format");
                Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
            }
            return LS;
        }
    }