FIX: Regression in dataset serialization in the .NET Framework 1.1 when a DataRow contains a RowError or a ColumnError property

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When you pass a dataset that contains a custom ColumnError property or a RowError property between a Web service and a client application, you receive the following exception error message:
System.InvalidOperationException: There is an error in XML document (1, 1216). 
   ---> System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. 


A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

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Steps to reproduce the behavior

  1. Create a Web service with the following Web Service method to return a dataset with the ColumnError or the RowError property set:
    public DataSet Test( )
       // Build a dataset with one table and one field
       DataSet dataSet1 = new DataSet();
       dataSet1.Tables["Table1"].Columns.Add("Field1", Type.GetType("System.String"));
       // Add a row to the table
       dataSet1.Tables["Table1"].Rows.Add(new object[] {"Server Value"});
       // Uncomment the following to test ColumnError. 
       // dataSet1.Tables["Table1"].Rows[0].SetColumnError("Field1", "Server Error Message");
       // Uncomment the following to test RowError.
       // dataSet1.Tables["Table1"].Rows[0].RowError = "Server Error Message";
       // Send dataset back to the client
       return dataSet1;
  2. Create a console application, and then add the service that you created in step 1 as a Web Reference.
  3. Paste the following code in the Main() section:
    public static void Main() 
          localhost.Service1 service1 = new localhost.Service1(); 
          // Get dataSet from the Web service
          System.Data.DataSet dsSer = service1.Test();
       catch (Exception exc) 
    Note Replace localhost with the appropriate Web service namespace.
  4. Compile and run the Web service.
  5. Compile and run the client application. The application throws the "System.InvalidOperationException" exception.

The exception stack

System.InvalidOperationException: There is an error in XML document (1, 1216). ---> System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.
 at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializationReader.UnknownNode(XmlNode unknownNode, Object o)
 at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializationReader.UnknownNode(Object o)
 at Microsoft.Xml.Serialization.GeneratedAssembly.XmlSerializationReader1.Read3_TestResponse()
 --- End of inner exception stack trace ---
 at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer.Deserialize(XmlReader xmlReader, String encodingStyle)
 at System.Xml.Serialization.XmlSerializer.Deserialize(XmlReader xmlReader)
 at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.ReadResponse(SoapClientMessage message, WebResponse response, Stream responseStream, Boolean asyncCall)
 at System.Web.Services.Protocols.SoapHttpClientProtocol.Invoke(String methodName, Object[] parameters)
 at Serialization.Client.localhost.Service1.Test(Boolean setColumnError) in c:\documents and settings\jreece\my documents\visual studio projects\serializationtest\serialization.client\web references\localhost\reference.cs:line 37
 at Serialization.Client.Form1.button2_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) in c:\documents and settings\jreece\my documents\visual studio projects\serializationtest\serialization.client\form1.cs:line 156


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


Article ID: 818587 - Last Review: January 17, 2015 - Revision: 6.1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
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