This example shows the attributes that are most commonly used and most useful in C#.
//mark types and members of types that should no longer be used [Obsolete("Don't use")] //Specifies the display name for a property, event, or public void method which takes no arguments. [DisplayName("Web Site Url")] //Specifies a description for a property or event. [Description("Web site url description")] //Specifies the default value for a property. [DefaultValue("http://csharpexamples.com")] //indicates that a class can be serialized. This class cannot be inherited. [Serializable] //controls XML serialization of the attribute target as an XML root element. [XmlRoot] //indicates that a public field or property represents an XML element when the XmlSerializer serializes or deserializes the object that contains it. [XmlElement] //specifies that the XmlSerializer must serialize the class member as an XML attribute. [XmlAttribute] //instructs the Serialize method of the XmlSerializer not to serialize the public field or public read/write property value. [XmlIgnore] //controls accessibility of an individual managed type or member, or of all types within an assembly, to COM. [ComVisible(false)] //which allows you to hide properties [Browsable(false)] //tells the designer to expand the properties which are classes [TypeConverter(typeof(ExpandableObjectConverter))]