[Mono-dev] Problem with BinarySerialization

Robert Jordan robertj at gmx.net
Tue Feb 2 07:52:25 EST 2010

On 02.02.2010 13:04, PFJ wrote:
> However, the problem comes when I try to read it back in into a different
> program. The read in code looks like this
> namespace molarity
> {	
> 	[Serializable()]
> 	public class xmlhandler : Form, ISerializable
> 	{
> System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationException: Unable to find assembly
> 'elements, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=null'.
> Do I need to add this into the references? I would have thought as it is an
> external file, it would just be read in via the stream method.
> Any ideas?

The serialization infrastructure heavily relies on type/assembly 
identity, but what you're doing here is trying to create an object
from serialization data generated from a totally different class.

You should implement "Elements" in a separated assembly which you 
reference from both apps. Then, in you "Form", you should aggregate 
Elements, i.e. make it a field, because de/serializing a Form
is not what you want. Really.

public class xmlhandler : Form
	Elements theElements;

	public xmlhandler ()
		theElements = deserialize them ...


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