Saturday, September 11, 2010

A MySQL Tidbit: Dynamic Export To_XML Stored Procedure

All XML, All the Time; More Fun MySQL Tidbits – Dynamically Generate XML via Stored Procedure in MySQL

Extensible Markup Language (XML) and database systems, a marriage we are seeing more and more of. So the topics of parsing and manipulating XML, importing and exporting XML files, etcetera using SQL are pretty commonplace here at Experts Exchange.

Consequently, in two of my previous MySQL tidbits, I covered some real questions from EE's Q&A forum:

While writing those articles and participating in the mentioned questions, I was urged by a fellow database expert to write some tips on the importing and exporting of XML, specifically in SQL using MySQL database server. As a result, this particular installment of my SQL tidbits will cover: (1) dynamically constructing XML elements from a given table structure; and (2) exporting a result set to XML file.

The end product will be a technique you can customize and test for your own XML needs. This technique will be shown in a stored procedure. For beginning MySQL readers, I will be providing some background tips -- explanations on some of the inner workings of the SQL code in the procedure...

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