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Better property names using the DataMember attribute

In my previous post, I demonstrated creating a class to serialize the data returned from the Lipsum.com JSON feed. I wasn't happy with the final result as it used JavaScript formatting for the property names (camel cased).

I prefer Pascal casing on my object properties in C#, so I wanted to quickly show how to change the name of the property on the class.

Here is the new LoremIpsum class definition:

public class LoremIpsum
	public Feed Feed { get; set; }

public class Feed
	[DataMember(Name ="lipsum")]
	public string Lipsum { get; set; }

	[DataMember(Name = "generated")]
	public string Generated { get; set; }

	[DataMember(Name = "donatelink")]
	public string DonateLink { get; set; }

	[DataMember(Name = "creditlink")]
	public string CreditLink { get; set; }

	[DataMember(Name = "creditname")]
	public string CreditName { get; set; }

You'll first need to add a reference to System.Runtime.Serialization to your project. Then, include the System.Runtime.Serialization namespace in your using declarations.

The main() method now looks like this:

static void Main(string[] args)
	for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
		// toggle between words and paragraphs
		bool isEven = (i % 2).Equals(0); // used this because markdown had trouble with double equal signs
		bool isThird = (i % 3).Equals(0);
		LipsumType lipsumType = isEven ? LipsumType.Paragraphs : LipsumType.Words;

		// only start with Lorem Ipsum every third call
		Debug.WriteLine(LoremIpsumUtil.GetNewLipsum(lipsumType, 7, isThird).Feed.Lipsum + Environment.NewLine);

		// sleep for 1 second to give the server a rest

The main difference is that now, we use LoremIpsumUtil.GetNewLipsum(lipsumType, 7, isThird).Feed.Lipsum.

As you can see, our properties are now Pascal cased, so they look more in line with what you'll see throughout the other .NET libraries.

Michael Earls

Michael Earls

Michael has been a computer nerd since he was ten years old and he begged his parents to buy him a computer for Christmas. In 1982, he was the proud owner of a TI-99/4A. He's been coding since.

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