Serializing object graphs

Serialization is the process of converting a live object into a sequence of bytes using a specified format. Deserialization is the reverse process.

There are dozens of formats you can choose, but the two most common ones are eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON).

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JSON is more compact and is best for web and mobile applications. XML is more verbose, but is better supported in older systems. Ironically, Microsoft originally chose JSON for the project.json file format in .NET Core 1.0, but then changed their mind and went back to XML with the C# project .csproj file format!

.NET Core has multiple classes that will serialize to and from XML and JSON. We will start by looking ...

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