One of the most useful features of ADO.NET is its integration with portions of the managed XML data stack. Traditional data access and XML data access have the following integration points:
The DataSet class integrates with the XML stack in schema, data, and serialization features.
The XML schema compiler lets you generate typed DataSet subclasses.
You can mix nonrelational XML data and the relational DataSet through the XmlDataDocument class and do XPath queries on this data using DataDocumentXPathNavigator class.
ADO.NET supports SQL Server 2000 XML integration features, both in the SqlClient data provider and in an add-on product called SQLXML. The latter product features a series of SqlXml managed data classes and lets you ...