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How to create Clone of an object instance

Posted By:Jean Paul       Posted Date: September 27, 2010    Points: 10    Category: Serilization    URL: http://www.jeanpaulva.com/  

Cloning can be used to create a duplicate copy of an existing object. This is accomplished using serialization.
 

        public static object CreateClone(object obj)
        {
            object copy;
            Stream stream = new MemoryStream();
            BinaryFormatter formatter = new BinaryFormatter();
            formatter.Serialize(stream, obj);
            stream.Seek(0, 0);
            copy = formatter.Deserialize(stream);
            stream.Close();

            return copy;
        }

 

Usage:

 

// Employee should be marked [Serializable]

Employee employee = new Employee();

employee.Name = "Test Name";

// Create a duplicate of employee - not just reference usage

Employee employee2 = CreateClone(employee);

 


     

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