Write a simple object to and from XML using C#

Write a simple object to and from XML using C#

Write to XML file is always easier than read from XML file. Not too sure what I mean, it is alright because I have a sample for you to understand and comment.

In this sample I have a class BankAccount. I will serialize the BankAccount object to XML with 2 properties and use XMLReader to get back what have been written to the XML file (in the sample the file name for XML file is XMLBank.xml).

For this sample I glue the WriteXML and ReadXML method with the BankAccount. The entire class as below: 

public class BankAccount


    public String AccID { get; set; }

    public double Amount { get; set; }


    public void WriteXML()


      XmlSerializer serializer;

      TextWriter writer = new StreamWriter("XMLBank.xml");


      BankAccount bc = new BankAccount();

      bc.AccID = "13-0001";

      bc.Amount = 1000000;


      serializer =  new XmlSerializer(typeof(BankAccount));

      serializer.Serialize(writer, bc);




    public void ReadXML()


      XmlReader reader = XmlReader.Create("XMLBank.xml");










Doing it this way then the application will not tie down to any database such as Oracle Database or MS SQL.  If you have better and easier link then do share with me.

The complete code is in http://skydrive.live.com. The sample file name is ConsoleObjtoXML.rar. My MSN ID is chanmmn@hotmail.com.


A Beginner’s Guide to the XML DOM

XML Technology Center


About chanmingman

Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress (http://www.pcworld.com/article/206455/Microsoft_Live_Spaces_Moves_to_WordPress_An_FAQ.html) till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
This entry was posted in .Net. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s