You can create XML Literals (Visual Basic) and populate them with the contents from an external source such as a file, a string, or a stream by using several methods. These methods are shown in the following examples.
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To load XML from a file
To populate an XML literal such as an XElement or XDocument object from a file, use the Load method. This method can take a file path, text stream, or XML stream as input.
The following code example shows the use of the Load(String) method to populate an XDocument object with XML from a text file.