is there a difference between [Serializable] and [Serializable()] in c#?

I've bumped into examples using either of both notations. I can't find anything about it what tells which one is the common one, why 2 notations are allowed, and if there is actually any subtle difference between the two.

anyone an idea?


Nope, no functional difference.

Why the 2 different styles, you ask? The first notation is allowed for brevity. The 2nd notation is allowed because some attributes take parameters:

[Category("Foobar related methods.")]
public void Foo()

Also note that [Serializable] is really just short-hand for [SerializableAttribute()] - C# lets you omit the Attribute suffix as well as the empty constructor parens.

No, there is no difference. [Serializable] is just syntactic sugar for [Serializable()] because the C# syntax lets you miss out the constructor brackets if there is a default attribute constructor.

Note that both are really syntactic sugar for [SerializableAttribute()] as attribute declarations also let you miss the Attribute suffix.

both uses the default c'tor, there is no difference at all.

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