Creating XML with Visual Basic
I’m of the opinion that you should use the right tool for the job. In the case of making simple XML files from data in another source, the XML literals feature in Visual Basic works very well and tends to be my first choice.
Check out how simple creating XML documents can be:
Module Music Sub Main() Using data = New MusicDataContext() Dim xml = <Artists> <%= From artist In data.Artists Select <Artist> <Name><%= artist.Name %></Name> <Songs> <%= From song In artist.Songs Select <Song><%= song.Title %></Song> %> </Songs> </Artist> %> </Artists> File.WriteAllText("Music.xml", xml.ToString()) End Using End Sub End Module
Running this code just outputs a simple XML file which looks like this:
<Artists> <Artist> <Name>Justin Bieber</Name> <Songs> <Song>One Less Lonely Girl</Song> <Song>Baby</Song> </Songs> </Artist> <Artist> <Name>Rebecca Black</Name> <Songs> <Song>Friday</Song> </Songs> </Artist> </Artists>
As you can see, the output and the code look very similar, and while you could create something like this in C# by using the equivalent XElement objects, it will never look as simple to me. Maybe one day we’ll get these pretty XML literals in C# too?
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