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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Jeff Spotts, Brian Siler

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Parsing XML Files

XML, which stands for eXtensible Markup Language, is a core technology in Visual Basic .NET. For example, the XML format is used in VB Project files and Web services. As we learned in Chapter 22, XML is also a fundamental technology behind ADO.NET datasets. Although XML is capable of storing structured data, it also can be used in just about any other circumstance where you need to store data in a text format. The advantage of using XML over another format (such as comma-delimited) is that there are several classes included with the .NET framework that allow you to parse XML files. Because XML is an industry-standard technology, XML files should be easy to exchange with other companies or individuals. In this section we will ...

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