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Customizing serialization

This topic describes how to customize the serialization of indexed objects in Optimizely Search & Navigation.

Serialization converts indexed objects into a form that can persist or be transported. 

Customization methods

The .NET API uses JSON.NET to serialize objects to be indexed. When using the Client class, some customizations to the serialization are made automatically, but further customization is possible. By customizing how objects are serialized, you can include fields, exclude fields , handle how fields are serialized, and so on.

You can customize in two ways:

  • By using attributes- you can quickly apply common customizations to classes that you can modify.
  • By customizing conventions used by Client - you can do powerful things like customizing multiple classes at the same time, and including return values from extension methods, without having to modify the classes of the serialized objects.

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