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Exam Ref 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services by Wouter de Kort William Ryan and Shane Milton

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Objective 1.6: Manipulate XML data structures

Ever since it showed up on the scene, XML has made a huge impact. Today, virtually every application makes use of XML in some way or other. In some cases, it is used as a serialization format. In others, it is used to store configuration data in a way that doesn’t necessitate registry access and the permissions such access requires. It is also used as a basis for Web Services and as a file format (as a matter of fact, it’s the underlying file format for this document). These are just a few areas of what XML is used for. XML is the answer to so many problems that plagued the development world that it’s one of the few technologies that not only lived up to the hype that surrounded it (and there was plenty) ...

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