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Essential ADO.NET by Bob Beauchemin

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2.5. The XML APIs in .NET

XML support is pervasive in .NET. Remote method calls can use the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), based on using XML as a transport for remote procedure calls (RPC). Instances of managed types can expose ISerializable; if they do, they can be serialized in XML format. You can also use the XML format as a more portable way to marshal .NET managed types through Web Services. Even the various configuration files in .NET are XML-based!

Unless you have used object or object-relational databases before, the notion of storing an object as a database row or column may seem strange. But because most .NET types can be serialized in XML format, this may be a more attractive alternative when you're storing .NET types in databases. ...

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