xsd.exe bug or odd xsd file

I was given a couple of XSD files so that I could generate a client that 
targeted a SOAP/RPC web service.  One of the XSDs includes a definition of an 
element that is a sequence of row elements, which in turn is defined as a 
sequence of column elements.  

The CS class file generated defines the sequence of row elements "rows as 
column() ()" rather than "row() As row".  This seems to give trouble to 

With XmlSerializerPreCompiler I was able to narrow the problem down and 
guess at the problem.  I made the change that I indicated above because this 
seems to be "in the spirit" of the schema definition and what I would have 

Does it make sense for XSD.EXE to skip the intermediate definition of "row" 
and make the rows a two-dimensional array of columns?  Why couldn't 
XmlSerializer deal with this?

I'll try to get this down to a minimum reproducible xsd and class file, but 
I wonder if I can get a sanity check on this given this little bit of 


Peter Kryszak
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
9/7/2005 9:34:49 PM
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> I'll try to get this down to a minimum reproducible xsd and class file, but 
> I wonder if I can get a sanity check on this given this little bit of 
> information.

A bit of code would be nice (especially the XSD) as there are a lot of 
ways to describe your Schema in XSD and xsd.exe seems not to understand 
all of them.

Pascal Schmitt
9/8/2005 12:48:18 AM
Here's the XSD:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema targetNamespace="http://www.vendor.com/Schema/subsys" 

	<xs:element name="messageWrapper">
				<xs:element ref="subsys:header" minOccurs="0"/>
				<xs:element ref="subsys:rowsOfColumns" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1"/>
	<xs:element name="header1" type="xs:string"/>
	<xs:element name="header">
				<xs:element ref="subsys:header1" minOccurs="0"/>

	<xs:element name="rowsOfColumns">
				<xs:element name="type" type="xs:string"/>
				<xs:element ref="subsys:row" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>

	<xs:element name="row">
				<xs:element ref="subsys:column" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>

	<xs:element name="column">
				<xs:element ref="subsys:name"/>
				<xs:element ref="subsys:value"/>

	<xs:element name="name" type="xs:string" />
	<xs:element name="value" type="xs:string" />
9/8/2005 1:58:03 PM
Here's the cs file.  Note that rowsAndColumns is made up of a two-dimensional 
array of columns rather than a one dimensional array of rows, which would in 
turn be made up of a one dimensional array of columns.  I would have expected 
the latter.

// <autogenerated>
//     This code was generated by a tool.
//     Runtime Version: 1.1.4322.2032
//     Changes to this file may cause incorrect behavior and will be lost if 
//     the code is regenerated.
// </autogenerated>

// This source code was auto-generated by xsd, Version=1.1.4322.2032.
using System.Xml.Serialization;

/// <remarks/>
[System.Xml.Serialization.XmlRootAttribute(Namespace="http://www.vendor.com/Schema/subsys", IsNullable=false)]
public class messageWrapper {
    /// <remarks/>
    public header header;
    /// <remarks/>
    public rowsOfColumns rowsOfColumns;

/// <remarks/>
[System.Xml.Serialization.XmlRootAttribute(Namespace="http://www.vendor.com/Schema/subsys", IsNullable=false)]
public class header {
    /// <remarks/>
    public string header1;

/// <remarks/>
[System.Xml.Serialization.XmlRootAttribute(Namespace="http://www.vendor.com/Schema/subsys", IsNullable=false)]
public class column {
    /// <remarks/>
    public string name;
    /// <remarks/>
    public string value;

/// <remarks/>
[System.Xml.Serialization.XmlRootAttribute(Namespace="http://www.vendor.com/Schema/subsys", IsNullable=false)]
public class rowsOfColumns {
    /// <remarks/>
    public string type;
    /// <remarks/>
    public column[][] row;

/// <remarks/>
[System.Xml.Serialization.XmlRootAttribute(Namespace="http://www.vendor.com/Schema/subsys", IsNullable=false)]
public class row {
    /// <remarks/>
    public column[] column;

9/8/2005 2:00:02 PM
Thanks for looking into this.  This xsd and cs code reflects what I saw in 
the real files.

The error is in the serialization.  I get the file not found error for the 
temporary DLL.  I can see the exact problem using 
XmlSerializationPreCompiler.  It shows the compiler error CS0030: Cannot 
convert type ...column[] to ....column.

BTW, what a revelation to see how serialization is done; generating 4000 
KSLOC on the fly to turn an instance into XML text. That has serious 
implications.  There has to be a better way.  ASN.1 maybe?
9/8/2005 2:27:08 PM

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