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Serializing ArrayLists of Disparate Objects to XML Strings
In an earlier post here , I wrote two functions to Serialize and Deserialize objects to XML strings. Since then, while reading a book about XML, I learned of even more power in the .Net XML Serialization libraries*. In addition to serializing objects...
Debugging XML Transforms (XSLT) with Visual Studio
XSLT stands for Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations. [Update/Note] This post describes the XSLT debugger which is only available in the Professional and Team System versions of Visual Studio. There is so much to learn in our technical world...
Serializing and Deserializing Objects…to and from…XML
Over on the Asp.Net forums I recently had the opportunity* to help a few lost souls by showing them how to serialize objects to XML and deserialize the XML back into objects. Since the question has come up more than once, I decided to BLOG it so I could...
Create an XSD Schema….without knowing a darn thing about XSD.
Back in the old days, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, developers wanting to exchange data between applications used binary formatted data, hard-coded text field lengths, or delimited text files. Much parsing and error checking was involved. It was tedious...
From Table to TreeView…Displaying Hierarchies
Who remembers Object Databases ? At one time they were going to dominate the programming world. But, as with a lot of over-hyped technology (Lisp, AI, ADA, Virtual Reality) they were destined to a small niche segment of the market. Relational Databases...
Free Tools that I Use
Here are tools I use on a regular basis. They have attributes I find essential: They are free. They do one thing and they do it well. XPathBuilder: Dynamically searches XML: Bubba Soft Expresso: Design and test regular expressions before you compile:...
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