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xml in asp.net 1.1 vb.net


I am trying to build an xml document from a datatable passed into it. I am making the function generic enough that it doesn't need to know the structure of the datatable or its field name and just return to me an xml string.

The variable is just my debugging variable, so it can be removed

 Public Function BuildXmlDoc(ByVal dtRecords As DataTable, ByRef strErrMsg As String) As String 'System.xml.XmlDocument
        'Local variables
        Dim xmldDoc As New System.xml.XmlDocument
        Dim xmleData As System.xml.XmlElement

        Dim drRow As DataRow
        Dim dcCol As DataColumn
        Dim arlFieldNames As New ArrayList
        Dim strFieldName As String = String.Empty
        Dim strXml As String
        'Build the xml string
            'Populate the field array list
            For Each dcCol In dtRecords.Columns
            'Create the xml document, all xml with will have the first tag be <DATA>
            xmleData = xmldDoc.CreateElement("DATA")
            'Now build each of the xml rows
            For Each drRow In dtRecords.Rows
                Dim xmleRow As System.xml.XmlElement
                strXml &= "dr<br>"
                'Set default values
                xmleRow = xmldDoc.CreateElement("xmlRow")
                strFieldName = String.Empty
                'Traverse through the field list and build the xml string
                For Each strFieldName In arlFieldNames
                    With xmleRow
                        .SetAttribute(strFieldName, drRow(strFieldName))
                    End With

                    strXml &= strFieldName & drRow(strFieldName) & "<br>"
                strXml &= "xmlerow" & xmleRow.InnerXml.ToString & xmleRow.InnerText.ToString & "<br>"
                'Add the row to the data element
            'Add the data to xml document
        Catch ex As Exception
            strErrMsg = "cDataAccess.BuildXmlDoc: " & ex.Message & "<br />" & ex.StackTrace
            'Clean up
            xmleData = Nothing
            arlFieldNames = Nothing
            dtRecords = Nothing
            dcCol = Nothing
            drRow = Nothing
        End Try
        'Return the value of the function
        Return "JRDxml " & strXml & "<br>" & xmldDoc.InnerText.ToString
    End Function

There is nothing coming back from here, and the variable xmleRow seems to have no data, and I am not sure why this is the case, because the datatable does get into it and no other errors are generated on the page. I copied this from another project that I had worked on before in my old work place, so I know it did work, just not sure why it doesn't work now.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Is this SQL Server?
It kind of looks like what you're trying to do can be accomplished with SQL's "FOR XML"

...like (using Northwind):

JDEE8297Author Commented:
true, it could be done in sql server.

However, what I am planning to do is to take the contents of a datatable and passed into a stored procedure via xml string, and then inside the stored procedure traverse through the xml data and update the respective table(s) without having to call the same stored procedure over and over.

JDEE8297Author Commented:
figured it out, I was calling the wrong property on the xmldocument variable, instead of innertext or innerxml, I should have called outerxml.

Probably would have found it sooner, but working on a page that does not user code behind, so it makes it kind cumbersome to debug. Otherwise, problem solved. Thanks for your help
JDEE8297Author Commented:
I am going to accept this. Gave me an idea on how to redo this. Thanks again.
JDEE8297Author Commented:
samtran0331 thanks again, even though I figured out the error, your solution gave me another idea that I will try out on my app. Thanks again.
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