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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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The Dream of True Interoperability

That XML can be exchanged between heterogeneous platforms and understood anywhere is a fact. Web services are a relatively new type of software that exploits this aspect of XML. The rub lies in the fact that in the real world, data must be used once it has been transferred. XML data must be converted to usable objects. But which tool can take care of this mapping process? An easy answer would be the parser, but the parser is a generic tool that processes XML data and returns an XML-specific object, not an application-specific object. For example, while parsing employee data, the parser can create an XML DOM object that contains a tree of nodes set to employee data. There is no way for the parser to return an ...

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