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public class TransferObject
{
    public string Type { get; set; }
    public byte[] Data { get; set; }
}
public static class CompressedSerializer
{
    /// <summary>
    /// Decompresses the specified compressed data.
    /// </summary>
    /// <typeparam name="T"></typeparam>
    /// <param name="compressedData">The compressed data.</param>
    /// <returns></returns>
    public static T Decompress<T>(byte[] compressedData) where T : class
    {
        T result = null;
        using (MemoryStream memory = new MemoryStream())
        {
            memory.Write(compressedData, 0, compressedData.Length);
            memory.Position = 0L;

            using (GZipStream zip= new GZipStream(memory, CompressionMode.Decompress, true))
            {
                zip.Flush();
                var formatter = new System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.BinaryFormatter();
                result = formatter.Deserialize(zip) as T;
            }
        }

        return result;
    }

    /// <summary>
    /// Compresses the specified data.
    /// </summary>
    /// <typeparam name="T"></typeparam>
    /// <param name="data">The data.</param>
    /// <returns></returns>
    public static byte[] Compress<T>(T data)
    {
        byte[] result = null;
        using (MemoryStream memory = new MemoryStream())
        {
            using (GZipStream zip= new GZipStream(memory, CompressionMode.Compress, true))
            {
                var formatter = new System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters.Binary.BinaryFormatter();
                formatter.Serialize(zip, data);
            }

            result = memory.ToArray();
        }

        return result;
    }
}
[WebMethod]
public void ReceiveData(TransferObject data)
{
    Type originType = Type.GetType(data.Type);
    object item = CompressedSerializer.Decompress<object>(data.Data);
}

Tags: .net soap wsdl web-services

Source: By jeremcc as answer to the question

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