Importing XML into a RecordSet
 
Published: 17 Oct 2003
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Abstract
I find navigating XML using the XMLDOM object to be hell. Some people seem to get the hang of it, but I don't. However, I find navigating a RecordSet to be much easier. This article will detail how to import an XML file into a RecordSet and to navigate it.
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Importing XML into a RecordSet

 

Published 02/12/02 - For Classic ASP

Introduction

I find navigating XML using the XMLDOM object to be hell. Some people seem to get the hang of it, but I don't. However, I find navigating a RecordSet to be much easier. This article will detail how to import an XML file into a RecordSet and to navigate it.

Connection

A lot of people will recognize this code -

Dim objRS
Set objRS = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.RecordSet")

objRS.ActiveConnection = "Provider=MSDAOSP; Data Source=MSXML2.DSOControl.2.6;"

objRS.Open(Server.MapPath("news.xml"))

This code will create the recordset that we will store the XML in. It is simply a regular OleDb connection using the MSDAOSP provider.

For more information on news.xml see here.

Looking at the RecordSet

Looking at the RecordSet

You can navigate this recordset like any other -

Do While Not objRS.EOF
Response.Write(objRS.Fields(0) & "<br>")
objRS.MoveNext
Loop

Live Demo

This code will only print out the <Headline> Tag. This is because the recordset is organized like this -

<table border="1" width="100%">
<%
Response.Write("<tr>")
For Each fld in objRS.Fields
If fld.Name <> "$Text" Then
Response.Write("<td>" & fld.Name & "</td>")
End If
Next
Response.Write("</tr>")
Do While Not objRS.EOF
Response.Write("<tr>")
For Each fld in objRS.Fields
If fld.Name <> "$Text" Then
Response.Write("<td>" & fld.Value & "</td>")
End If
Next
Response.Write("</tr>")
objRS.MoveNext
Loop
%>
</table>

Live Demo

We ignore the $Text column because it is the entire record in one field so it doesn't look very nice.

Now you can navigate the XML file as if it was a regular recordset.

Summary

With this solution, you'll find it much easier to navigate XML files that can be tedious task using the XMLDOM.



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