Serialization in VB.Net
Serialization in VB.NET is the process of converting an object's state into a binary or XML format that can be easily stored, transmitted, or persisted. Deserialization is the reverse process of reconstructing an object from its serialized form. This is often used for saving and loading objects to/from files, sending objects over networks, or caching.
Here's a detailed explanation with examples of object serialization in VB.NET using the built-in .NET Framework's BinaryFormatter for binary serialization and XmlSerializer for XML serialization:
Binary serialization involves converting an object into a binary format.Serialization
XML serialization involves converting an object into an XML format.Serialization
In both examples, we create a Person object, serialize it to a file, and then deserialize it back into a new object. The Serializable attribute is used for binary serialization to indicate that the class can be serialized.
Serialization is a useful technique for various scenarios, such as saving application state, sharing data between different applications, and sending data across networks. Binary serialization is more efficient but less human-readable, while XML serialization is human-readable and can be used for data interchange with other systems.