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How to populate item of customized list in JsonConverter.

Sep 30, 2009 at 4:35 AM


i have a customized collection with abstract class type as item:

public class MyCollection: List<AbsClass>

{ ...}

public class SubClass1: AbsClass {}

public class SubClass2: AbsClass {}

And i defined a JsonConverter for it.

public class MyCollectionJsonConverter : JsonConverter


 public override void WriteJson(JsonWriter writer, object value, JsonSerializer serializer)


   MyCollection collection = value as MyCollection;


   foreach(AbsClass item in collection)

   {     serializer.Serialize(writer, item);   }



 public override object ReadJson(JsonReader reader, Type objectType, JsonSerializer serializer)


  //Here i don't know how to populate item form reader. Are there some build-in methods i can use?


 public override bool CanConvert(Type objectType)


   return (objectType.Equals(typeof(SubClass1) || objectType.Equals(typeof(SubClass2));




Oct 3, 2009 at 12:53 AM

Well you would call reader.Read to move past the start of the array and then serializer.Deserializer on each of the contents of the array.