Re: Serialization

David Wilkinson <>
Tue, 01 Apr 2008 11:02:38 -0400
Sarath wrote:

I've a class to serialize. I've done the basic things for

class EmployeeInfo : public CObject

    CString m_csName;
    CString m_csDesignation;
    int m_nEmpID;
    int m_nAge;
    int m_nSalary;
    Sex m_eGender;
    virtual void Serialize( CArchive& ar );
    EmployeeInfo& operator =(const EmployeeInfo & empInfo_i );

Now I am using a CArray<EmployeeInfo> m_EmpInfo;

CFile file( "EmployeeInfo.bin", CFile::modeCreate | CFile::modeWrite |
CFile::typeBinary );
    CArchive ar( &file, CArchive::store );
    m_EmployeeInfoArr.Serialize( ar );

This is the way I am serializing the objects. But the
EmployeeInfo::Serialize is not getting called at the time of
serializing the objects. What could be the problem?

I also tried to override SerializeElements functions globally defined
as follows

template<> void AFXAPI SerializeElements(CArchive& ar, EmployeeInfo*
pElements, INT_PTR nCount)

But its not working. Link error occurs.


If you are not already committed to MFC binary serialization, I would seriously
suggest using a text format such as XML. Even MS Office has gone this route.

David Wilkinson
Visual C++ MVP

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