Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days, Second Edition By Chris Payne
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Day 11. Using XML in ASP.NET
That's Not ASP!
If you're familiar with traditional ASP, this whole lesson may be very new to you. XML support was nearly nonexistent with ASP. There were no built-in objects to handle this type of data, and implementing the full XML DOM was often the only choice (and a painful one).
Thankfully, the .NET Framework (and thus ASP.NET) integrates fully with XML. You also have two different ways to interact with XML: ADO.NET or the XML .NET architecture.
Unfortunately, this new architecture shares little with any previous methods for XML access, which means many of these methodologies are new and will take some time to learn. Luckily, ASP.NET makes it relatively easy for you by providing well-defined classes and objects that present a consistent programming model.