Import complex XML in MS SQL Server

Posted on 2014-10-28
Last Modified: 2016-02-13
I am looking for a tool to import complex XML files into MS SQL Server. I am working with the Express Edition of MS SQL Server 2008. Should I go for ALTOVA? Or are there other possibilities?
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by:Jim Horn
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Define 'complex', preferably by copy-pasting a fragment or three into this question.

SSIS can handle XML sources, although there are some limitations such as it can handle only one namespace.

Either way, I've had success with Pragmatic Works' Task Factory as an SSIS third-party addin for shredding XML and a bunch of other functions, such as INSERT and UPDATE in one command, FSO tasks, zip, and rich-text emails.

Good luck.

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I am rather new to complex XML. I mean XML with lot's of nodes in it. It is just a bunch of structured data. Is SSIS included in the Express version of MS SQL Server?
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>I am rather new to complex XML.
Both SSIS (really any ETL tool) and XML have somewhat steep learning curves, so just to set expectations if you're new to both then you're about to go down a long road.

>Is SSIS included in the Express version of MS SQL Server?
SSIS is a part of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), which is a part of SQL 2012.  Not sure about licensing or 2014, although I've purchased Developer versions in 2008 and 2012 that includes the entire BI suite off of for something like $50.
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What about ALTOVA products?

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Thanks a lot.
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by:Jim Horn
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Can't help you on ALTOVA products, as I don't know anything about them.

I attended a Querying XML session at SQL Saturday Minnesota last weekend that was a really good beginner tutorial for understanding XML.  Click and download, open the PowerPoint, then follow the scripts.

Also, Pragmatic Works has a lot of free training on SSIS, and you can search all sessions over the last couple of years.  I also HIGHLY recommend their SSIS workshop.  Best two days and $400 you'll ever spend on learning SSIS.

Of course, there's always asking questions here at Experts Exchange.

Good luck.

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