Linq To Sql objects and Serialization issue

I am trying to serialize an object graph. It works up until I have to load a child entity that is an entity set. The system won't allow it to serialize... it gives me this error:

Type 'System.Data.Linq.EntitySet`1[NetDataContractSerializerTest.JobService]' cannot be serialized. Consider marking it with the DataContractAttribute attribute, and marking all of its members you want serialized with the DataMemberAttribute attribute. If the type is a collection, consider marking it with the CollectionDataContractAttribute. See the Microsoft .NET Framework documentation for other supported types.

Here is the code I am using:

        DataClasses1DataContext dataAccessContext = new DataClasses1DataContext();
        MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream();

        DataLoadOptions dataloadOptions = new DataLoadOptions();
        dataloadOptions.LoadWith<JN>(j => j.nh);  
        dataloadOptions.LoadWith<JN>(j => j.JobServices);// this is the child entity set

        dataAccessContext.LoadOptions = dataloadOptions;

        var jn= dataAccessContext.JN.Where(j => j.LocnID.Trim() == "HT").ToList();
        var netDataContractSerializer = new NetDataContractSerializer();
        netDataContractSerializer.Serialize(stream, jn); //the error happens here

If I remove the

dataloadOptions.LoadWith(j => j.JobServices)

the data will serialize with the JN and nh tables intact. But when I put

dataloadOptions.LoadWith(j => j.JobServices)

back in I get the error.

I personally think that it wants me to add a ToList() to the JobServices, unfortunately I can't do

dataloadOptions.LoadWith(j => j.JobServices.ToList())

This throws an error.

Any ideas?


The error message is very informative: the JobService class is not marked to be serialized as a data contract.

You'll need to decorate it with the DataContractAttribute attribute, and decorate the members with DataMember attribute.

public class JobService
     public string SomeProperty { get; set;}


Well well well.... look what I found..... This seemed to serialize and deserialize my stuff just fine. Instead of using NetDataContractSerializer.Serialize() to it, this guy wrote serialize and deserialize functions that used DataContractSerializer, XMLWriter and XMLReader

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