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Here is a simple generic class that allows you to serialize classes (well, their public members) into XML and deserialize the XML to objects again. Make sure the class (or struct) has a parameterless constructor and that all the members that you want to serialize are public. Here is the code

public class SimpleSerializer<t>
{
	public String Serialize(T o)
	{
		using(MemoryStream m = new MemoryStream())
		{
			XmlSerializer s = new XmlSerializer(o.GetType());
			s.Serialize(m, o);
			return Encoding.UTF8.GetString(m.ToArray());
		}
	}

	public T Deserialize(String xml)
	{
		using (MemoryStream m = new MemoryStream(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(xml)))
		{
			XmlSerializer s = new XmlSerializer(typeof(T));
			return (T)s.Deserialize(m);
		}
	}
}

Here is a simple example of a class that will be serialized

public struct Person 
{
	public String firstname;
	public String lastname;

	public Person(String firstname, String lastname) 
	{
		this.firstname = firstname;
		this.lastname = lastname;
	}
}

And finally, a simple console application that demonstrates how it works:

class Program 
{
	static void Main(string[] args)
	{
		Person p1 = new Person("Tim", "Van Wassenhove");
		SimpleSerializer<person> ss = new SimpleSerializer<person>();

		String xml = ss.Serialize(p1);
		Console.WriteLine("serialized:\n" + xml);

		Person p2 = ss.Deserialize(xml);
		Console.WriteLine("unserialized name: " + p2.firstname);

		Console.WriteLine("Press any key to continue...");
		Console.ReadKey();
	}
}