Any chance of System.Runtime.Serialization?

Any chance of System.Runtime.Serialization?
I could really use BinaryFormatter.

Im sending RF commands between devices and string building, composing and decomposing is a pain.
Can anyone suggest a better way?


I think serialization is very much needed on embedded devices. This is on our to do list.


A Json serialization? We have Reflection in tinyclr right?

Few years ago, I worked on this stuff for NetMF with other members of the community and the code was on the old GHI site … But I can’t find anymore…


This was serializer for XML


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Perhaps someone could adapt this to Tinyclr GitHub - PervasiveDigital/jsonnetmf: JSON serialize/deserialize for netmf

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Ive been looking at this:

There’s a NuGet package:

Also there’s a generator:

I can generate the .CS file from the .proto, I get the types correctly generated but there seems to be some things missing for TinyCLR

System.Collections.Generic, IEquatable<> and Func<>

Netmf/TinyCLR/nanoFramework do not support generics

@Darko, did you ever get anywhere using Protocol Buffers? It would seem to me to Protocol Buffers would be a good standard to use to provide interoperability with other systems, particularly cloud services that might not be running C#.

I had never heard of Protocol Buffers until I came across Sparkplug by CirrusLink. Sparkplug “describes the MQTT topic namespace, the payload-encoding scheme, and the required flow of messages, which ensure state of data originating from an edge device reporting to a backend/central application.”

It is designed for SCADA/HMI/Control and Cloud services so there can be interoperability between systems. It uses Protocol Buffers to encode the data structures necessary to make it all work. Even if I didn’t use the whole Sparkplug definition just reading through their protocol specifications was very helpful when it comes to defining a large and expandable MQTT application.

The spec is open source: Eclipse Tahu™ |

Cirrus Link ( is run by the co-creator of MQTT, Arlen Nipper.

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No, just quitted with that. Will try new serialization in TinyCLR 2.0 once i convert my boards to the new SOM’s.