Chapter 8. XML I/O

XML has, for better or worse, taken the programming industry by storm. It has become, in a matter of a few short years, the de facto standard for exchanging data between heterogeneous systems as well as the format of choice for storing just about any kind of data. The .NET runtime uses XML as part of its configuration, and the .NET Framework contains a redesigned set of classes for accessing, consuming, producing, and transforming XML documents.

This chapter introduces the built-in support for XML, explains the relationships between XML and the I/O system in general, demonstrates the consumption and production of XML documents in both node-based and Infoset-based forms, highlights the use of XPath, and finally explores XSLT. All types within this namespace come from the System.Xml and System.Xml.XPath namespaces and are contained in the System.Xml.dll assembly. (When using these types, remember to reference the assembly either at the command line or from Visual Studio's project dialogs.)

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