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Can't load Dataset with XML and Schema from another Dataset

Posted on 2010-09-05
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I'm trying to pass a dataset as xml from my web service to my web page. My example code is below and gives me a "Root element is missing" error.

Here's my code behind:
' This is actually a web service method
Public Function GetDatasetXml(ByRef sXmlSchema As String) As String
    Dim sSQL As String = "SELECT ProductId, Name, Color FROM Product WHERE Color IS NULL"
    Dim ds As New Dataset = DbHelper.OpenDataset(sSQL)

     sXmlSchema = ds.GetXmlSchema()

     return ds.GetXml()
End Function

Public Sub BindMarkup
    Dim sXMLSchema As String = String.Empty
    Dim sXML As String = GetDatasetXml(sXMLSchema)

    Dim readerXMLSchema As XmlReader = XmlReader.Create(New StringReader(sXMLSchema))
    Dim readerXML As New System.IO.StringReader(sXML)

    Dim ds As New DataSet
    ds.ReadXmlSchema(readerXML)
    ds.ReadXml(readerXML, XmlReadMode.ReadSchema)

    Me.rptList.DataSource = ds
    Me.rptList.DataBind()
End Sub

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and my markup:
      <asp:Repeater ID="rptList" runat="server" >
        <ItemTemplate>
             <%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "ProductID")%><br>
             &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Name")%><br>
             &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Color")%><br>
        </ItemTemplate>
      </asp:Repeater>

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I tried this originally without using the XML Schema but that failed because the Color field is null and caused the repeater to complain the Color field wasn't found. So I know I need the schema but I can't figure out how to get this to work.

Thanks in advance.
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by:ZekeLA
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A developer friend of mine gave me the solution. I'll post it if it's not proprietary.
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Here is the routine to create a dataset from the xml and xmlschema.
    Public Function XMLToDataSet( _
            ByVal sXml As String, _
            Optional ByVal sXmlSchema As String = "")

        ' Process XML
        Dim sr As StringReader = New StringReader(sXml)
        Dim xtr As XmlTextReader = New XmlTextReader(sr)

        ' Process Schema
        Dim srSchema As StringReader = Nothing
        Dim xtrSchema As XmlTextReader = Nothing
        If sXmlSchema.Length > 0 Then
            srSchema = New StringReader(sXmlSchema)
            xtrSchema = New XmlTextReader(srSchema)
        End If

        Dim ds As New DataSet
        If sXmlSchema.Length > 0 Then
            ds.ReadXmlSchema(xtrSchema)
        End If
        ds.ReadXml(xtr)

        Return ds
    End Function

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