Friday, May 24, 2013

Converting DataSet to a Byte Array

Here is the code that can be used for converting a DataSet into its corresponding byte array. Sometimes when we need to send the data across the network through WCF service, we can get advantage of sending our data into a byte array. The reason behind to send the data in Byte Array format is that byte array is the one of the primitive data type available in .Net

        private byte[] ConvertDataSetToByteArray(DataSet dataSet)
            byte[] binaryDataResult = null;
            using (MemoryStream memStream = new MemoryStream())
                BinaryFormatter brFormatter = new BinaryFormatter();
                dataSet.RemotingFormat = SerializationFormat.Binary;
                brFormatter.Serialize(memStream, dataSet);
                binaryDataResult = memStream.ToArray();
            return binaryDataResult;

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