Using XML in Visual Basic .NET

XML is not new to Visual Basic programmers; it has been available through a variety of methods in Visual Basic 6.0 and earlier, but it is quite a bit more prominent within the .NET Framework. Although you might already have some experience with XML, this section starts with a brief explanation of the format before getting into the .NET methods for working with it.

What Is XML?

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a way of adding information to text. XML is the current popular term in software—entire companies and product lines have been created or modified just to add XML to the product brochures—and there are many myths and misconceptions about what it can do and is intended to do.

XML is similar to HTML; in fact, ...

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