MSDN Magazine - Dynamic Data Entry With XML Literals

MSDN Magazine - Dynamic Data Entry With XML Literals

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Check out the latest news on the VB Dev Center. I'm finally headlining myself ;-)

I'm in the October issue of MSDN Magazine. I've been managing the content for the Basic Instincts column for a little over a year now where we rotate writers from the VB Team. This month is my birthday month so I decided to take this one on personally. :-)


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  • Hi Beth,

    Since I don't know what day your birthday is, I'm going to send you birthday wishes everyday till the end of the month :-P just kidding!!!

    Although, because I don't know what day your birthday is, I WILL say happy birthday now and I hope you have a good one and many more to come.

    Keep well,


  • Oh yeah, and congrats of the article, can't wait to read it

  • Happy Birthday Beth and thank you for being so dedicated...your tutorials really helped me in my development process with MS stuff...

    thanks a zillion :-)


  • Hi Beth,

    Happy Birthday Beth!

    I watched your How-do-I videos series on reportviewer. I like it very much but am missing something.

    I have a parent children relationship Table where the parent table has a look up table and the children table also has a look up, I created a dataset with a datatable with the look up tables when i drag the parent field to the report it will show but the parent look up fields and the children are not visible on the report when i run it.

    Please Help! am lost.

    Note: When i create the dataset without the look up table everything is alright.

    Thanks in Advance


  • Lookman, does the database table to which the dataset it linked contain any data?

  • Hey Beth

    Didn't understand much of what was going on in the magazine article, but I found it incredibly interesting nonetheless. Well done.

    I bet when I get to that level when I do know what you're doing, I'll have no problems doing it thanks to you.



  • Hey beth,

    Thanks, I figured it out. the report datasource was set to the wrong bindingsource by VS.

    I am watching you wpf videos series now, its cool.

  • Thanks everyone! My B-Day is on the 20th :-)

  • Beth,

    Great article. It was one of the first ones I read when I got my copy. I do have a quick (I hope) question. I was wondering if there was a way to implement this feature without XML Literals, specifically, loading the XML from, say a database. The case I'm thinking of is in customizable applications, where all of the elements are in the database, and I could pick and pull the needed elements based on the screen configuration. Or is something like that not really feasable?

  • Hi Chris,

    I haven't tried it but you should be able to load the XAML from a database. The same rules should apply. The XAML is compiled when the XAMLReader loads the XAML so you can't refer to the code-behind (i.e. you can't handle events in the XAML that require code) but rendering UI should work fine.



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