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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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Native XML in the .NET Framework

Prior to the advent of the .NET Framework, we were used to writing XML-driven Microsoft Windows applications based on the MSXML COM-based library. Unlike classes in the .NET Framework, however, MSXML is a bolted-on API that communicates with the rest of the application but does not really integrate with it. Communication entails the activity or the process of passing information to others. It is based on some set of signals that both parties understand and that encode the information being exchanged. Integration, on the other hand, means that items are combined so that they are closely linked and form one unit. This distinction is significant.

The MSXML library can be imported into your code but remains an external, ...

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