Alternative to complex FOR XML explicit
Posted on 2004-10-04
I need to create an XML output file from a SQL Server database, the schema for which is available. My solution (and it works perfectly) was to create a sp with select ... FOR XML EXPLICIT and then create the file. However because of the innumerable nodes and tags involved, the select statement is very lengthy and looks very complicated. However once the select statement is written, the code around is very simple (VB 6). I considered using MSXML, but the amount of code to be written would be huge.
My question is is there an elegant solution to this issue? Everybody keeps asking if I can "plug" the xsd and "make a miracle happen" without writing any code and I am not sure of the answer.