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Posted Sunday, August 28, 2011 8:12 PM
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I'm sure I'm not the only SQL Admin to look at the XML Datatype and respond "Ugh!"

In my recent reading, I'm starting to get the hint that there might be something to this XML thing-- it's not just a buzzword from a previous decades. How about a series of articles which starts with
1. an introduction to XML and explains the important parts of XML (it looks like HTML, but obviously it's different)...
continuing with
2. The XML Datatype
then
3. Creating XML Indexes ('cause them seem to be different from normal indexes in the same way that full-text indexes different from normal indexes.)
and
4. Generating XML from Queries.

and I'm hoping somewhere in there that XSD will be explained.

And I have the sneaking suspicion that there is more to the topic, but I've barely scratched the surface. I don't yet know what I don't know!
(I toss this out there in case there are some terribly smart potential series writers looking for a topic. )
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Posted Monday, August 29, 2011 8:54 AM


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Jacob Sebastion has a great series on working with XML in terms of queries: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/SS2K5+-+XML/3022/

In terms of indexes and other aspects of XML, I think you might have something here. I don't know what we have one in the works, but I'll check.







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Also, we have a free ebook on XSD here: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/books/65843/






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I downloaded the ebook a little while ago and quickly determined that it assumes a lot more knowledge on the subject than I have.
I've added the XML Workshop article to my reading list.
Thank you for both those suggestions.

One of the absolutely brilliant elements of the Stairway series, from my point of view, is that each set of articles starts pretty basic, and builds up. They do get into (what I consider) pretty advanced topics... but they do so after covering what the reader needs to understand first. I don't believe I can convey exactly how much I appreciate that section of SQLServerCentral right now.

Thank you so much!
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Posted Monday, August 29, 2011 10:13 AM


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Thanks, that's what we were hoping for.

It's a little hard to manage as we have 6 or 7 in progress, but we'll keep going and I've sent the XML notes to the team.







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Posted Monday, August 29, 2011 10:16 AM


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Steve, it appears the link to download the pdf now reports what used to be a 404 error... now leading to zombie shoot-em-up?

oops... meant to include the url for the pdf file not the article series.
"Also, we have a free ebook on XSD here: http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/books/65843/ "

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Will check on it. Bank holiday in the UK, so might be a day or two






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(In the meantime, you might be able to download the ebook here too -- http://www.simple-talk.com/sql/t-sql-programming/the-art-of-xsd---ebook-download/ )
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