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Getting XML data from a web page into SQL Server 2008

Last Modified: 2010-03-20
I am using SQL Server 2008 Evaluation copy and have a specific requirement to retrieve some XML data off a web page for import into SQL. The process is
1. Login (e.g.)
2. Define Time Interval, fetch XML data (e.g.)
- The above (with the correct URL) returns data into the browser if I do it manually, but how do I "capture" it into SQL?
I have tried using the Web Service Task and the XML source within SSIS to login and fetch the data but to no avail. Apologies for the Beginner nature of this 'ask' but I just want to establish if it is possible.
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XML into SQL is a dud and a fraud. Why oh why would you not include the ability to consume web driven xml straight into SQL? Did Microsoft now expect it that XML would need to be consumed in this way? Let's face it XML is treated by most people as a CSV mark II.
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@simdk: agree coming straight from a website, but as a standalone file a-la csv then it does work pretty well - in 2008 that is, you should have tried some of this back in SQL 7.0 days - now that was nasty...

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