Tim Chapman discusses new functionality in SQL Server 2005 that allows you to shred XML data into a relational format without the intensive memory operations. He also explains how using XQuery rather than OPENQUERY can lead to performance gains.
XML is becoming more and more prevalent in applications and more SQL Server DBAs are learning to work with this data structure. Raj Vasant brings us part 2 of his series on using OPENXML inside SQL Server, looking at passing XML into your stored procedures this time.
SQL Server 2000 added XML support awhile back, though it was limited in what is offered and can be a little confusing. SQL Server 2005 will add many more features and functions, but in the meantime, if you are looking to add some XML support to your 2000 server, new author Raj Vasant brings us some basics on using OpenXML.