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What is JSON serialization in C#?

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) serialization in C# refers to the process of converting .NET objects into JSON format and vice versa. JSON is a lightweight data interchange format that is widely used for data exchange between web services, applications, and even for configuration settings due to its simplicity and readability.


In C#, JSON serialization is primarily achieved through libraries such as Newtonsoft.Json (also known as JSON.NET) or the built-in System.Text.Json library introduced in .NET Core and .NET 5 onwards. Here’s an overview of the JSON serialization process:


Serialization (Object to JSON):

  1. Object Preparation: To serialize a .NET object to JSON, you first create an instance of the object you want to serialize. This object can be a custom class, a collection, or any other serializable .NET type.


  1. Serialization: You then use a JSON serialization library like Newtonsoft.Json or System.Text.Json to convert the object into a JSON-formatted string. This process involves mapping the object’s properties to JSON key-value pairs and handling any data type conversions required.


  1. JSON Output: After serialization, you have a JSON string that represents the .NET object’s data. This JSON string can be used for various purposes, such as sending it as a response in a web API, storing it in a file, or transmitting it over the network.


Deserialization (JSON to Object):


  1. JSON Input: To deserialize a JSON string back into a .NET object, you start with a valid JSON string that follows the JSON format rules. This string typically comes from an external source like an API response or a file.


  1. Deserialization: Using the same JSON serialization library, you deserialize the JSON string into a .NET object of the appropriate type. The library interprets the JSON data and creates a new instance of the object, populating its properties with the values from the JSON.


  1. Object Usage: Once deserialization is complete, you can work with the .NET object as you would with any other object in your application. This allows you to utilize the data from the JSON in a strongly-typed manner.


JSON serialization is essential for communication between different parts of a software system, especially in web development when exchanging data between a client and a server. It enables interoperability and data sharing in a format that is human-readable and easy to work with for both developers and applications.


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