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Organization of This Book

This book is organized into two major sections. The first eleven chapters cover a series of increasingly complex topics, with each chapter building on the previous one. These topics include:

  • Reading XML using the standard XmlReader implementations

  • Writing XML using the standard XmlWriter implementations

  • Reading and writing formats other than XML by creating custom XmlReader and XmlWriter implementations

  • Manipulating XML using the Document Object Model

  • Navigating XML using XPath

  • Transforming XML using XSLT

  • Constraining XML using W3C XML Schema

  • Serializing XML from objects using SOAP and other formats

  • Using XML in Web Services

  • Reading XML into, and writing XML from, databases with ADO.NET

Each of these chapters is organized in roughly the following manner. I begin each chapter with an introduction to the specification or standard the chapter deals with, and explain when it's appropriate to use the technology covered. Then I introduce the .NET assembly that implements the technology and give examples that illustrate how to use the assemblies.

The remaining nine chapters provide an API reference that gives an in-depth description of each assembly, its types, and their members.

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