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    How to serialize DataTable object in .Net

    Hi, While working in a .Net project, I am facing an Exception while serializing DataTable object using JavaScriptSerializer. The Exception I am getting is "A circular reference was detected while serializing an object of type 'System.Reflection.RuntimeModule'".

    The code, I have written is as follows:-

     public string SetData()
         DataTable dt = new DataTable();
         dt.Rows.Add("1", "Manish");
         dt.Rows.Add("2", "Ajay");
         dt.Rows.Add("3", "Ravi");
         dt.Rows.Add("4", "Rahul");
         JavaScriptSerializer serial = new JavaScriptSerializer();
         string x = serial.Serialize(dt);
         return x;

    The following image will give the clear idea this Exception:

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    If anyone has any idea why I am getting this Exception of Circular Reference and how can I resolve it ?

    Thanks in advance..!

 2 Answer(s)

  • Hi Mayank,
    A circular reference is something like following:-
    Because when serialization is done(in XML or json), the serialized data follows the node(XML) or key value(json) structure. If your object(to be serialized) is not structured properly,that may result to a circular reference.
    Now,the answer of the question in your case is to tell the compiler to avoid it by using following code

    JsonConvert.SerializeObject(myObject, Formatting.Indented, 
                                new JsonSerializerSettings { 
                                       ReferenceLoopHandling = ReferenceLoopHandling.Ignore 

    This code simply tells the compiler to ignore the above described loop of circular reference and move on with the actual job which is the serialization of the provided object.

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