I have been sending XML strings up to SQL server when I have a lot of data for quite a few years now and letting the sprocs deal with it with OPENXML. I was wondering if I should pass it as an XML datatype now ? In my current scenario I have an XML document of variable size (3 to 3000 records say) and I want to iterate through one of the attributes in an element 4 levels down the structure. So far playing with the xml datatype for the first time this doesn't seem to be ther right tool for the job ? It seems to me the query method might get me some elements and the value method is good for getting one attribute value out of the xml but if I want to do some real work on in the stored procedure I'm still better off using OPENXML.
I guess my question is does anyone think I'm missing the point on the xml datatype and should be using this and is OPENXML supposed to be obsolete now or can I continue to use it without being a dinosour!?