Liquid XML Objects (C#, Visual Basic .Net) / Using the Generated Code / ASP MVC
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    This section will describe how to use Liquid XML Objects within ASP.Net MVC web applications.

    The rest of the section assumes you have generated a set of Liquid XML Objects from an XSD schema. It is assumed that the schema contains a root xs:element called 'MyRoot', and a corresponding C# class called 'MyRootElm' has been generated to represent this XML element.

    The MVC Controller

    The following shows how to accept and return a Liquid XML generated object from an MVC controller class.

    The first step is to use the generated class within your controller.

    If you are passing an object to a method it must use [HttpPost], it must be the only argument, and it must be attributed with [FromBody].
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        public class MyController : Controller
            public MyRootElm TestReturn()
                MyRootElm elm = new MyRootElm();
                // ...
                return elm;
            public void TestArgument([FromBody] MyRootElm elm)
                // ...

    Using the Liquid XML Objects Formatters

    If you use the code as it is, it will work, but the formatter used to serialize the data will the XmlMediaTypeFormatter, which will not correctly format/interpret the XML data.

    In order to use the Liquid XML Objects formatter, we need to register it with the MVC framework.

    Nuget packages

    The MVC specific code is in a separate Nuget called LiquidTechnologies.XmlObjects.Runtime.Web, so ensure this is present in your MVC project.

    Registering the formatter

    The Liquid XML Object Media formatters must be registered with the MVC framework.

    ASP.Net MVC using .Net Core

    The Liquid XML formatters can be registered using the extension method AddLxFormatters on the IServiceCollection collection.

    Registering the Liquid XML Objects Formatters using MVC (.Net Core)
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        public class Startup
            public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)


    ASP.Net MVC using .Net Framework

    An instance of the LxMediaTypeFormatter class must be registered in the HttpConfiguration.Formatters collection, and it must appear before the default XmlMediaTypeFormatter (which should already have been registered by the .net framework), this can be achieved by inserting it at the front of the collection.

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        public static class WebApiConfig
            public static void Register(HttpConfiguration config)
                // Web API routes  
                    name: "DefaultApi",
                    routeTemplate: "api/{controller}/{id}",
                    defaults: new { id = RouteParameter.Optional }
                config.Formatters.Insert(0, new LxMediaTypeFormatter());

    Customizing the Formatting settings

    The LxMediaTypeFormatter  and the extension method AddLxFormatters, both take 3 options parameters that allow the control of the serialization to be controlled.

    Values setup here will be applied to all serialization/deserialization performed when objects are passed in and out of controller web methods.