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Programming Microsoft® SQL Server(TM) 2000 with XML (Developer) Paperback – 15 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (15 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735617740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735617742
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,424,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For any developer who wants to do more with XML and databases on Windows, Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with XML provides an up-to-date guide to some current XML tools and features available on the Microsoft platform. This example-packed book can let you get more productive with the latest generation of SQL Server tools.

After a quick tour of what XML means for business today, this text jumps right in with a tutorial on using XML in Microsoft Transact-SQL (T-SQL) supported in SQL Server. The author provides nuts-and-bolts information on querying databases and returning XML, along with different options for formatting XML data.

Next comes a tutorial for using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), the preferred standard for programming with databases in Windows, and how to use XML within this API. Short code excerpts will show you how to perform common programming tasks quickly. The support for XML in Microsoft doesn't stop there, of course, and the book next focuses in on support for Web publishing in SQL Server through XML. This powerful feature shows you how to define templates that can be used to query and update data via HTTP using URLs. Sections on mapping schemas show how XML can used to move data between different database schemas. An important section on the T-SQL OpenXML function to perform a range of database tasks, including inserting XML data in bulk into database tables.

In its closing sections, this text illustrates key technologies using a nicely functional online computer store complete with shopping basket, product catalogue, and simulated order processing all using XML techniques demonstrated earlier on.

In all, this book delivers a solid tour of what's available in SQL Server, ADO, and other Microsoft tools and technologies. Suitable for any Windows IT professional who works with databases, this title is a capable tutorial and guide to what's out there today with XML on the Microsoft platform. --Richard Dragan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Graeme Malcolm is a principal technologist for Content Master Ltd., and apart from the first edition of this title, he has also written several Microsoft training courses and presented at numerous conferences.

Graeme is being presented to us from Content Master, a rich source for Microsoft for developing sample solutions, white papers, and training materials for other groups.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for getting up to speed quickly on the new XML features of SQL Server 2000.

The pace is excellent for experienced SQL Server programmers or DBAs but would probably be a bit tough for a novice user (but it does make this very clear at the beginning of the book). It assumes that you are already familiar with programming SQL Server and have at least some XML knowledge.

One or two areas are glossed over a bit, such as no mention of the XML View Mapper and there could be more details on using XPath but other than that this book is highly recommended.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
It's about time 12 Jun 2001
By gbworld@comcast.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let's see. SQL Server 2000 has been out for quite some time now. One of the neat features of SQL Server 2000 is XML. Yet, all of the tomes written so far offer nothing more than a cursory glance.
Note, that I am not criticizing the authors of these works for this oversight. Much of the blame lies in Microsoft not having the XML features complete until the very latest betas (release candidates actually, but who is counting).
One of the features with the most promise, updategrams, has not been covered at all (except a mention here and there and a snippet of how the XML is formatted).
Also of note is the documentation of the FOR XML EXPLICIT mode. The 13 pages on this subject give a good intro to get up and going. You will still have to pound out the queries (and probably cuss a bit), but it is nice to finally have some documentation (even the books online were poor here).
A word of warning. This is not a book about how to use SQL Server 2000. It is a very specialized work on SQL Server 2000 and XML. If you want to learn SQL Server 2000, it would be best to look elsewhere.
I would like to give the book a five star rating, but there are areas where I feel the material is a bit too thin. On the other hand, this work is enough to be worth the money spent if you are developing in SQL Server 2000 and XML.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Make sure you buy the 2nd Edition 21 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most of the reviews here seem to relate to the first edition (which was admittedly kind of short). The book has been updated, and the second edition covers new stuff like XSD Schemas, Diffgrams, SOAP Virtual Names, and all the other SQLXML 3.0 features. I found the book really useful, and easy to read. The examples are great and the concepts are all well explained. Definitely worth buying if you're planning to use SQL Server's XML functionality.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Good! And rapid. 21 Oct 2001
By Malnati Elena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I never expected so much useful information into such a small book. Good books don't sell by weight or page count.
I found this book concise and clear (this man knows how to teach). It sure doesn't explain everything about the subject, but it gives the big picture, with an impressive number of details too.
Ideal to start working in small time.
NOTE about who is this book for:
As title state, this book teaches how to use the XML features of SQL Server 2000, not how to use SQL2000, so if you don't know SQL Server you better read something else first.
From the XML XSL XPath X... side, this book is also for novices as it has a very good appendix that teaches all you need to understand the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A book for Beginner to Intermediate Level 4 Nov 2003
By "cltss" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for a beginner of SQL Server 2000 and XML. Starts off from scratch and walks you thru every aspect of XML and building a complete XML enabled web pages.
This is a good book for any one that is looking to find over all information that can give glimpse into the features of SQL Server and be able to utilize to build XML-enabled data-pages.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good and Practical 9 Aug 2001
By Peter G. Higgins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although this book didn't go quite as in depth as I would have liked it to, it was well layed out and had a lot of practical examples. Everything in it was easy to follow and focused on making the technology work instead of delving into the techie jargon about the theory behind it. This book won't make you an expert, but will give you enough to be able to start plugging this stuff into your projects pretty quickly.
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