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SQL Server 2000 and XML. Erik Veerman Consultant Intellinet Business Intelligence. Objectives . Give an overview on the new XML capabilities in SQL Server 2000 Demonstrate rather than present Provide base knowledge for… XML architecture decisions Research starting points

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sql server 2000 and xml

SQL Server 2000and XML

Erik Veerman


IntellinetBusiness Intelligence

  • Give an overview on the new XML capabilities in SQL Server 2000
  • Demonstrate rather than present
  • Provide base knowledge for…
    • XML architecture decisions
    • Research starting points
    • Pros and cons of parallel XML technology implementations
    • Data interaction leveraging SQL’s XML capabilities
  • The ability to retrieve and write XML data:
    • Retrieve XML data using the SELECT statement and the FOR XML clause.
    • Write XML data using OPENXML rowset provider.
  • The ability to access SQL Server using HTTP.
    • IIS Configuration
    • Template Queries
    • XSL Style sheets
  • Support for XDR schemas/XML Views
    • XPath queries against these schemas.
  • XML for SQL Web Release
    • Bulk Load
    • Updategram
  • ADO programming methods (Chris Hagen)
  • XML in use (Chris Hagen)
agenda sql server 2000 xml select

Agenda:SQL Server 2000 XML SELECT

How has SQL Server extended the SELECT paradigm to support XML?

select statement syntax
SELECT Statement Syntax:

SELECT … … …




[, BINARY Base64]

simple xml query

Simple XML Query:

SELECT oh.CustomerID, oh.OrderId,

od.ProductID, od.UnitPrice, od.Quantity

FROM Orders oh

INNER JOIN [Order Details] od

ON oh.orderid = od.orderid


for xml raw format


Takes the query result and transforms each row in the result set into an XML element with a generic identifier <row /> as the element tag.

for xml auto format


Returns query results in a simple, nested XML tree. Each table in the FROM clause for which at least one column is listed in the SELECT clause is represented as an XML element. The columns listed in the SELECT clause are mapped to the appropriate element attributes.

for xml explicit format
  • Based on the concept of a Universal Table containing all the information about the resulting XML tree.
  • Contains Tag and Parent meta-data
    • Tag: Tag number of current element
    • Parent: Tag number of parent element
  • Column names are XML Generic identifiers.
    • Identifier!TagNumber!AttributeName
explicit sample query

EXPLICIT Sample Query

SELECT 1 AS Tag, NULL AS Parent,

oh.CustomerID [Order!1!CustomerID], oh.OrderId [Order!1!OrderId],

NULL [OrderDetail!2!ProductId], NULL [OrderDetail!2!UnitPrice],

NULL [OrderDetail!2!Quantity]

FROM Orders oh WHERE oh.CustomerId = ‘ANTON’


SELECT 2, 1,

oh.CustomerID, oh.OrderId, od.ProductID, od.UnitPrice, od.Quantity

FROM Orders oh INNER JOIN [Order Details] od

ON oh.orderid = od.orderid WHERE CustomerId = ‘ANTON’


[Order!1!CustomerID], [Order!1!OrderId], [OrderDetail!2!ProductId]


agenda sql server 2000 openxml

Agenda:SQL Server 2000 OpenXML

Allows one to parse and utilize an XML document

openxml process
OpenXML Process
  • Input an XML document
  • Process an internal representation
    • exec sp_xml_preparedocument
  • Parse the XML document
    • OpenXML Rowset function
  • Remove internal representation from memory
    • EXEC sp_xml_removedocument
openxml syntax

OpenXML Syntax

OPENXML(idoc int [in], rowpattern nvarchar[in], [flags byte[in]])

[WITH (SchemaDeclaration | TableName)]

agenda sql server 2000 iis integration

Agenda:SQL Server 2000 IIS Integration

How does one use IIS for retrieving XML data.

using iis the process
Using IIS, the process.
  • Configure an IIS Virtual Root
  • Define template queries
  • Define style sheets
  • Make HTTP request
http access to data
HTTP Access to Data
  • URL Query
    • http://sqlserver/vroot?parameters
  • Parameters
    • Sql = SELECT+*+FROM+Sku+FOR+ XML+RAW
    • Encoding = UTF-8
    • Root = root
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HTTP Access to Data
  • Direct Query
    • Good for a single select of a single column
    • Value is returned in native format, not XML
    • Enables direct retrieval of objects like images, OLE objects, etc.
  • http://sqlserver/vroot/dbobject/xpath
what are template queries
What are Template Queries?
  • These are XML documents that define queries
  • Can be bound directly to Style Sheets
  • Called by referencing the XML document in the URL
what are template queries24
What are Template Queries?
  • Template
    • http://sqlserver/vroot/vname?params
    • Vname is a complete path to the template XML file
    • Parameters may be xsl, encoding, or contenttype; or user defined.
    • Provides an easy way to perform complex queries with little network traffic
why use template queries
Why use Template Queries?
  • Can use dynamic SQL but no restrictions on what is executed
  • Automatic formatting of the XML header information
  • Templates simplify the HTTP request
  • Templates have better support parameters
define and use stylesheets
Define and Use StyleSheets
  • Can be added to the URL
    • XSL=stylesheet.xsl
    • ContentType = text/html
  • Can be defined in the Template
agenda xml xdr schema xml views update gram

Agenda:XML XDR SchemaXML Views | Update gram

Mapping relational data through an XML schema

what is an xml view
What is an XML View?
  • Defines an XML-formatted view on the database
  • Annotations specify the XML to relational database mapping for column values and relationships
  • Uses Xpath to query the XML View
how to use xml views
How to use XML Views
  • http://server/vroot/vname/xpath?parameters
  • Vname is a direct reference to the schema file
  • Xpath is the xpath query
  • Parameters may be xsl, encoding, contenttype, or user defined
xml for sql web release
XML for SQL Web Release
  • XML for SQL Web Release 1
    • UpdateGrams
    • Bulk Load XML support
  • XML for SQL Web Release 2 (July 2001)
    • XML Views with XSD
    • Support for DiffGrams
    • Client Side XML formatting
update gram
Update gram
  • Schema mapping, Update gram syntax
  • Inserts, Updates, Deletes
  • Using <Before> and <After> blocks
  • Passing Parameters
writing data with update grams
Writing Data withUpdate Grams
  • Update grams (example)

<ROOT xmlns:updg="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-updategram">

<updg:sync mapping-schema="SampleSchema.xml" >




<Customer CustID="AAAAA" Company="Bottom-Dollar Markets" />




agenda ado programming methods for sql server 2000 xml

Agenda:ADO Programming Methods for SQL Server 2000 XML

How does one write components utilizing the new SELECT FOR XML and IIS?

utilize ado functionality
Utilize ADO Functionality
  • Calls made through ADO Command
  • Uses ADO Stream Object
  • Requires ADO 2.6
    • Stream Object defined as a property of the Command Object
  • XML Data placed in the Stream Object
    • Obtained using ReadText
ado supports xml
ADO supports XML
  • Recordsets can be persisted to XML
    • File
    • Stream Object
    • DOM Integration
    • IIS5 Response Object
  • Also support for ADTG
    • Advanced Data Table Gram format
  • Support Hierarchical Recordsets
ado xml stream support
ADO XML Stream Support
  • Can persist directly to an ADO Stream Object
  • XML extracted using Stream ReadText
  • XML data can then be utilized in memory
    • Pass XML back to client
    • Transform to HTML using XSL
ado and dom integration
ADO and DOM Integration
  • Can persist XML directly into the XML DOM Document
  • Recordset.Save MSXML.DOMDocument, adPersistXML
  • Can perform direct XSL transform for HTML based components
ado and iis5 response
ADO and IIS5 Response
  • Response Object exposes and IStream Interface
  • Recordset.Save Response, adPersistXML
  • Displays XML in browser
  • Avoids expensive disk operations
for further information
For further Information
  • XML website


  • SQL Server 2000 and IIS


  • SQL Server 2000 http://www.microsoft.com/sql
  • ADO http://www.microsoft.com/ado