SQL Sever - FOR XML AUTO outputting Weird XML Tag and also > and <

Hi

I am trying to create an XML file from an SQL query however the XML output has a strange tag - is there anyway of removing this?

In addition the brackets are coming out as &gt; and &lt; rather than < and > - is there a way of preventing this?

Dim Adapter As SqlDataAdapter
        Dim ds As New DataSet
        Dim sql As String
        Dim conn As New SqlConnection(connectionString)
        sql = "select ORDERS.ORDERID, PRODUCTID, PRICEPAID from Orders, OrderItems where orderitems.orderid = orders.orderid and orders.orderid = 415 FOR XML AUTO, ELEMENTS"
        Try
            conn.Open()
            Adapter = New SqlDataAdapter(sql, conn)
            Adapter.Fill(ds)
            conn.Close()
            ds.WriteXml("Z:\xmldoctest\test.xml")
        Catch ex As Exception
            MsgBox(ex.ToString)
        Finally
            ds.Clear()
        End Try

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Current XML Output :

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
<NewDataSet>
  <Table>
    <XML_F52E2B61-18A1-11d1-B105-00805F49916B>&lt;Orders ORDERID="415"&gt;&lt;OrderItems PRODUCTID="6" PRICEPAID="184.6200"/&gt;&lt;OrderItems PRODUCTID="8" PRICEPAID="65.0000"/&gt;&lt;OrderItems PRODUCTID="9" PRICEPAID="75.0000"/&gt;&lt;/Orders&gt;</XML_F52E2B61-18A1-11d1-B105-00805F49916B>
  </Table>
</NewDataSet>

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Desired XML Output:

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
<NewDataSet>
  <Table>
    <Orders ORDERID="415">
	<OrderItems PRODUCTID="6" PRICEPAID="184.6200"/>
	<OrderItems PRODUCTID="8" PRICEPAID="65.0000"/>
	<OrderItems PRODUCTID="9" PRICEPAID="75.0000"/>
     </Orders>
  </Table>
</NewDataSet>

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Thanks in advance
TPLLimitedAsked:
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Robert SchuttConnect With a Mentor Software EngineerCommented:
You're doing an xml 'transformation' twice now: first in the sql statement, and again by calling WriteXml on the dataset (creating the NewDataSet node). This is the reason for the extra encoding of "<" and ">".

Can you try this code, it just puts the returned xml string in an xml object and saves that directly:
        Dim Adapter As SqlDataAdapter
        Dim ds As New DataSet
        Dim sql As String
        Dim conn As New SqlConnection(connectionString)
        sql = "select ORDERS.ORDERID, PRODUCTID, PRICEPAID from Orders, OrderItems where orderitems.orderid = orders.orderid and orders.orderid = 415 FOR XML AUTO"
        Try
            conn.Open()
            Adapter = New SqlDataAdapter(sql, conn)
            Adapter.Fill(ds)
            conn.Close()
            Dim xmlDoc As New System.Xml.XmlDocument
            xmlDoc.LoadXml(ds.Tables(0).Rows(0).Item(0))
            xmlDoc.Save("Z:\xmldoctest\test.xml")
        Catch ex As Exception
            MsgBox(ex.ToString)
        Finally
            ds.Clear()
        End Try

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QuinnDexCommented:
try this

select ORDERS.ORDERID, PRODUCTID, PRICEPAID 
from Orders, OrderItems 
where orderitems.orderid = orders.orderid and orders.orderid = 415 
FOR XML PATH(''),
ROOT('orderitems')

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TPLLimitedAuthor Commented:
Hi

Thanks for response, unfortunately still coming out with the strange XML tag and &lt;, &gt;

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
<NewDataSet>
  <Table>
    <XML_F52E2B61-18A1-11d1-B105-00805F49916B>&lt;orderitems&gt;&lt;ORDERID&gt;415&lt;/ORDERID&gt;&lt;PRODUCTID&gt;6&lt;/PRODUCTID&gt;&lt;PRICEPAID&gt;184.6200&lt;/PRICEPAID&gt;&lt;ORDERID&gt;415&lt;/ORDERID&gt;&lt;PRODUCTID&gt;8&lt;/PRODUCTID&gt;&lt;PRICEPAID&gt;65.0000&lt;/PRICEPAID&gt;&lt;ORDERID&gt;415&lt;/ORDERID&gt;&lt;PRODUCTID&gt;9&lt;/PRODUCTID&gt;&lt;PRICEPAID&gt;75.0000&lt;/PRICEPAID&gt;&lt;/orderitems&gt;</XML_F52E2B61-18A1-11d1-B105-00805F49916B>
  </Table>
</NewDataSet>

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Surendra NathTechnology LeadCommented:
Add TYPE to the end of the SQL statement and see if you are getting good data
        sql = "select ORDERS.ORDERID, PRODUCTID, PRICEPAID from Orders, OrderItems where orderitems.orderid = orders.orderid and orders.orderid = 415 FOR XML AUTO, ELEMENTS, TYPE"
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TPLLimitedAuthor Commented:
HI added type and now getting the below results:

<?xml version="1.0" standalone="yes"?>
<NewDataSet>
  <Table>
    <Column1>&lt;Orders&gt;&lt;ORDERID&gt;415&lt;/ORDERID&gt;&lt;OrderItems&gt;&lt;PRODUCTID&gt;6&lt;/PRODUCTID&gt;&lt;PRICEPAID&gt;184.6200&lt;/PRICEPAID&gt;&lt;/OrderItems&gt;&lt;OrderItems&gt;&lt;PRODUCTID&gt;8&lt;/PRODUCTID&gt;&lt;PRICEPAID&gt;65.0000&lt;/PRICEPAID&gt;&lt;/OrderItems&gt;&lt;OrderItems&gt;&lt;PRODUCTID&gt;9&lt;/PRODUCTID&gt;&lt;PRICEPAID&gt;75.0000&lt;/PRICEPAID&gt;&lt;/OrderItems&gt;&lt;/Orders&gt;</Column1>
  </Table>
</NewDataSet>

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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
Please post the structure of your tables Orders and OrderItem.
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QuinnDexCommented:
if you run that query direct in ssms do you get what you want then
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TPLLimitedAuthor Commented:
Hi

Thanks for the response

Yes when the query is run, I get the desired output.

The table structure is as follows:

Orders
OrderID PK
OrderStatusID FK
EntityID FK
TotalOrderAmount
OrderDate
PaymentMethodID FK


OrderItems
OrderItemsID PK
OrderID FK
ProductID FK
QTY
PricePaid
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QuinnDexCommented:
so the problem is in your .net application url encoding the output giving you &gt;&lt; instead of ><
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TPLLimitedAuthor Commented:
Hi

Yes setting the SQL string to include FOR XML AUTO, ELEMENTS, TYPE

Has solved the issue with the XML tag, its now just the issue if &lt; and &gt; instead of the <>
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QuinnDexCommented:
not ideal solution but you can do a replace to correct the issue
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TPLLimitedAuthor Commented:
Hi

Problem is the XML is to transformed into a PDF doc automatically so wish to avoid any manual intervention on this
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TPLLimitedAuthor Commented:
Perfect thanks ever so much for your help.

Have a great xmas
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