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C#® Developer's Guide to ASP.NET, XML, and ADO.NET by Chris Kinsman, Jeffrey P. McManus

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What Is XML?

Here's a problem you've probably faced before. A customer or colleague comes to you asking for help working with an application that was written five years ago. Nobody who originally worked on the application still works for the company; the original developer died in a bizarre gardening accident some years back. The customer wants you to write a Web-based reporting system to handle the data emitted by this dinosaur application.

You now have the unenviable task of figuring out how this thing works, parsing the data it emits, and arranging that data in some recognizable format—a report.

Let's assume that the developer of the original application attempted to make it easy on you by expressing the data in some standardized format—maybe ...

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