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The polymorphism is NOT respected by Xamarin DataContractJsonSerializer (System.Runtime.Serialization.Json) (System.Runtime.Serialization.dll 18.104.22.168) in MonoAndroid & MonoTouch. I attach 4 test projects - Win8, Windows phone 8, Xamarin.Android, and Xamarin.iOS, and one file with the test output of four projects. (Polymorphism is respected ONLY in Win8 & WP8). The serialization testing code is in Win8 project and linked in other three projects.
The object graph is:
Then the properties in class Test are instantiated as such: Test1 is of type Test1, Test2 is of type Test2, TestList is of type Test1, and TestList is of type Test2.
The problem is that after serializing & deserializing with Xamarin DataContractJsonSerializer the properties in class Test are downgraded to its base : all Test1, Test2, TestList, and TestList are now of type TestBase.
Created attachment 4664 [details]
four simple test projects (win8, wp8, android and ios) + output
The same bug is present in desktop mono; edit TestSerialization/Win8Serialization/Win8Serialization/TestSerialization.cs and:
1. Add TestSerialization.Main():
static void Main ()
new TestSerialization ().Execute ();
2. Change TestSerialization.Log() to use Console.WriteLine(), not Debug.WriteLine():
public void Log(string info)
$ mcs TestSerialization.cs -r:System.Runtime.Serialization.dll
$ mono TestSerialization.exe
Works as expected with recent Mono versions