File: compmod\system\componentmodel\design\serialization\IDesignerSerializationManager.cs
Project: ndp\fx\src\System.csproj (System)
// <copyright file="IDesignerSerializationManager.cs" company="Microsoft">
//     Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation.  All rights reserved.
// </copyright>                                                                
namespace System.ComponentModel.Design.Serialization {
    using System;
    using System.Collections;
    using System.ComponentModel;
    /// <devdoc>
    ///     This interface is passed to a designer serializer to provide
    ///     assistance in the serialization process.
    /// </devdoc>
    public interface IDesignerSerializationManager : IServiceProvider {
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     The Context property provides a user-defined storage area
        ///     implemented as a stack.  This storage area is a useful way
        ///     to provide communication across serializers, as serialization
        ///     is a generally hierarchial process.
        /// </devdoc>
        ContextStack Context {get;}
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     The Properties property provides a set of custom properties
        ///     the serialization manager may surface.  The set of properties
        ///     exposed here is defined by the implementor of 
        ///     IDesignerSerializationManager.  
        /// </devdoc>
        PropertyDescriptorCollection Properties {get;}
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     ResolveName event.  This event
        ///     is raised when GetName is called, but the name is not found
        ///     in the serialization manager's name table.  It provides a 
        ///     way for a serializer to demand-create an object so the serializer
        ///     does not have to order object creation by dependency.  This
        ///     delegate is cleared immediately after serialization or deserialization
        ///     is complete.
        /// </devdoc>
        event ResolveNameEventHandler ResolveName;
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     This event is raised when serialization or deserialization
        ///     has been completed.  Generally, serialization code should
        ///     be written to be stateless.  Should some sort of state
        ///     be necessary to maintain, a serializer can listen to
        ///     this event to know when that state should be cleared.
        ///     An example of this is if a serializer needs to write
        ///     to another file, such as a resource file.  In this case
        ///     it would be inefficient to design the serializer
        ///     to close the file when finished because serialization of
        ///     an object graph generally requires several serializers.
        ///     The resource file would be opened and closed many times.
        ///     Instead, the resource file could be accessed through
        ///     an object that listened to the SerializationComplete
        ///     event, and that object could close the resource file
        ///     at the end of serialization.
        /// </devdoc>
        event EventHandler SerializationComplete;
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     This method adds a custom serialization provider to the 
        ///     serialization manager.  A custom serialization provider will
        ///     get the opportunity to return a serializer for a data type
        ///     before the serialization manager looks in the type's
        ///     metadata.  
        /// </devdoc>
        void AddSerializationProvider(IDesignerSerializationProvider provider);
        /// <devdoc>                
        ///     Creates an instance of the given type and adds it to a collection
        ///     of named instances.  Objects that implement IComponent will be
        ///     added to the design time container if addToContainer is true.
        /// </devdoc>
        object CreateInstance(Type type, ICollection arguments, string name, bool addToContainer);
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     Retrieves an instance of a created object of the given name, or
        ///     null if that object does not exist.
        /// </devdoc>
        object GetInstance(string name);
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     Retrieves a name for the specified object, or null if the object
        ///     has no name.
        /// </devdoc>
        string GetName(object value);
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     Retrieves a serializer of the requested type for the given
        ///     object type.
        /// </devdoc>
        object GetSerializer(Type objectType, Type serializerType);
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     Retrieves a type of the given name.
        /// </devdoc>
        Type GetType(string typeName);
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     Removes a previously added serialization provider.
        /// </devdoc>
        void RemoveSerializationProvider(IDesignerSerializationProvider provider);
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     Reports a non-fatal error in serialization.  The serialization
        ///     manager may implement a logging scheme to alert the caller
        ///     to all non-fatal errors at once.  If it doesn't, it should
        ///     immediately throw in this method, which should abort
        ///     serialization.  
        ///     Serialization may continue after calling this function.
        /// </devdoc>
        void ReportError(object errorInformation);
        /// <devdoc>
        ///     Provides a way to set the name of an existing object.
        ///     This is useful when it is necessary to create an 
        ///     instance of an object without going through CreateInstance.
        ///     An exception will be thrown if you try to rename an existing
        ///     object or if you try to give a new object a name that
        ///     is already taken.
        /// </devdoc>
        void SetName(object instance, string name);