[Mono-list] Re: [Mono-list] System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.BinaryFormatter question

Dietmar Maurer dietmar@ximian.com
15 Oct 2002 14:54:35 +0200

On Tue, 2002-10-15 at 10:38, George Kodinov wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to run on Mono an MS.NET application using the 
> BinaryFormatter class.
> I've noted that the BinaryFormatter class is not currently implemented. 
> I'm thinking about implementing it.
> But I find no documentation of the MS.NET binary formatter output format 
> (to be able to read data produced by MS.NET BinaryFormatter).

Thats the problem - it is totally undocumented! I also found no useful
info about it.

> Is something known about that format (so I can start filling up the 
> Mono's BinaryFormatter class), or I have to try to reverse-engineer it ?
> Or is it OK to define some binary format specially for Mono ?

You can implement a CORBA compatible formatter, for example. Or you can
use the SOAP formatter, which is also a documented standard.

- Dietmar