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C#, XSD.exe, xsd2code and generating nullable fields+properties from an XSD with and without Specified fields/properties

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/07/27

It comes down to these cases for XML elements having maxOccurs="1" (which the default for maxOccurs):

  1. adding nillable="true" will convert from a regular type to a nullable type.
  2. adding minOccurs="0" will add boolean …Specified properties in the generated C# for each element.
  3. you can have both nillable="true" and minOccurs="0" in an element which gets you a nullable type and a …Specified property.

Note I’m not considering fixed or default here, nor attributes (that have use instead of minOccurs/maxOccurs, but do not allow for nillable) nor larger values of maxOccurs (which both xsd.exe and xsd2code regard as unbounded).

From the above, XML has a richer type system than C#, so in XML there are subtle a differences between:

  1. an explicit nil in the XML element
  2. the XML element being absent
  3. the XML element being empty.

Hopefully later more text and examples to show how to actually work with this.

Note that xsd2code.codeplex.com (unlike XmlGen#) has at least two forks at github:

From the specs:

–jeroen

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