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vb.net and file serialization


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I got simple queries here..

1. Can a serialized binary file be edited externally or by 3rd party apps... (stuff like notepad++)?

2. Can a serialized binary file be accessed by an similar app other then the one it was created with?
(Say i have 2 apps a1 and a2. a1 has a serializable class.I saved a binary file say "data.bin" created using a1 by binaryformatter.serialze() method. Now can the contents of this "data.bin" file be read from a2 having same serializable class using the deserialize() method? I tried doing the above but got an assembly mismatch error. )
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