One of the new features available in the VB .NET 9.0 compiler is it's deep integration with XML. The below is a perfectly legal syntax to send to the Visual Basic compiler.
Yep, that's right. No quotes around the XML. And there's Intellisense too:
Here's what it looks like when decomposed by Reflector:
This is such a great paradigm shift. As developers, we're so used to pushing strings that represent rich languages like SQL and XML into our code, which totally removes the compile checks from these languages. LINQ and now VB.NET XML are closing this gap, and making the development experience far more productive.