Avner Aharoni is a senior program manager at Microsoft and was responsible for XML language integration in Visual Basic 9.0. Prior to that, he worked on XML and object to relational mapping and other XML features in SQL Server. Avner is currently working on the next version of the Visual Basic language.
Visual Basic 9 completely eliminates the barrier between the code you write and the XML you're trying to express. Creating, querying, and transforming XML is much more intuitive and productive than ever before.