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Essential ADO.NET by Bob Beauchemin

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7.6. Why Databases and XML?

Relational databases are good for storing data in a controlled, administered manner. They have built-in support for fast concurrent access and optimized set-based query capabilities. However, the protocol and packet formats are database-specific. XML is an almost universally supported method for passing data around. It is supported by heterogeneous architectures; for example, a big-endian Sun workstation can easily parse an XML document created on a little-endian Intel architecture machine. Given that each XML document must have a single root element, it must be somewhat hierarchical by default.

Some database servers have built-in XML features, and the underlying APIs also have built-in integration features. An ASP ...

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