Oracle XMLDOM - How do I update a node text value using dbms_xmldom.setNodeValue()?

Posted on 2004-09-07
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hello Experts,

When a node text value is null, how do I update a node text value using dbms_xmldom.setNodeValue() method?  The code below runs in 10g.  The <NAME> node updates.  But, the <NAME2> node does not.  Do i need to add a text node to <NAME2> first?  How?  Is there another way?


  var       XMLType;
  buf       clob;
  l_xmldoc  dbms_xmldom.DOMDocument;
  l_root    dbms_xmldom.DOMNode;
  l_node    dbms_xmldom.DOMNode;

   var := xmltype('<PERSON> <NAME>ChangeMe</NAME> <NAME2></NAME2> </PERSON>');

   -- Create DOMDocument handle:
   l_xmldoc     := dbms_xmldom.newDOMDocument(var);
   l_root    := dbms_xmldom.makeNode(l_xmldoc);

   -- before
   dbms_xmldom.writetobuffer(l_root, buf);
   -- replace name.text
   l_node := dbms_xslprocessor.selectSingleNode(l_root,'//NAME/text()');
   if dbms_xmldom.isnull(l_node) then
      dbms_xmldom.setNodeValue(l_node, 'node is null');  
      -- Manipulate:
      dbms_xmldom.setNodeValue(l_node, 'raj');
   end if;
   -- replace name2.text... how is this done when the text node is null?  
   l_node := dbms_xslprocessor.selectSingleNode(l_root,'//NAME2/text()');
   if dbms_xmldom.isnull(l_node) then
      dbms_output.put_line('IsNull: And, setNodeValue() does nothing to <NAME2>');
      dbms_xmldom.setNodeValue(l_node, 'node is null');  
      -- Manipulate:
      dbms_xmldom.setNodeValue(l_node, 'node is not null');
   end if;

   -- after
   dbms_xmldom.writetobuffer(l_root, buf);

the code above yields the following output:


IsNull: And, setNodeValue() does nothing to <NAME2>
Question by:bilpar
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Accepted Solution

grim_toaster earned 500 total points
ID: 12006384
Unfortunately I do not have 10g, and the code you provided causes problems with my 9i database (maybe I should upgrade!).  Anyway, you would need to create the text node, and here's an example of how to do that based upon your code, but by using just the dbms_xmldom package:

  var     XMLType;
  doc     dbms_xmldom.DOMDocument;
  docelem dbms_xmldom.DOMElement;

  PROCEDURE create_or_replace_text_node(docelem dbms_xmldom.DOMElement, name VARCHAR2, value VARCHAR2) IS
      nodelist  dbms_xmldom.DOMNodelist;
      node      dbms_xmldom.DOMNode;
      childnode dbms_xmldom.DOMNode;
      nodelist := dbms_xmldom.getElementsByTagName(docelem, name);
      node     := dbms_xmldom.item(nodelist, 0);

      IF (dbms_xmldom.hasChildNodes(node)) THEN
         childnode := dbms_xmldom.getFirstChild(node);
         dbms_xmldom.setNodeValue(childnode, value);
         childnode := dbms_xmldom.makeNode(dbms_xmldom.CREATETEXTNODE(doc, value));
         childnode := dbms_xmldom.insertBefore(node, childnode, childnode);
      END IF;
  END create_or_replace_text_node;
   var := xmltype('<PERSON><NAME>Original Name</NAME><NAME2/></PERSON>');

   doc     := dbms_xmldom.newDOMDocument(var);
   docelem := dbms_xmldom.getDocumentElement(doc);

   -- Extract from the XMLType the before values...
   dbms_output.put_line('Old values...');

   create_or_replace_text_node(docelem, 'NAME', 'NEW Value for name');
   create_or_replace_text_node(docelem, 'NAME2', 'NEW Name 2 Value');

   -- Extract from the XMLType the after values...
   dbms_output.put_line('NEW VALUES...');

Author Comment

ID: 12010192
This works.  Thanks.  

By the way, I had many problems with and XML.  Apparently, some of the XML DB features are only available with and above.  And, is not downloadable from Oracle without a support agreement.


Expert Comment

ID: 12013690
--> And, is not downloadable from Oracle without a support agreement.
You can download on XP at the following link (or Linux at, however, luckily all of our systems will be upgraded to soon anyway!


Author Comment

ID: 12015399
I should have said is not available for Windows 2000.  Thanks.

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