Extracting XML content from an XML file from within SQL Server 2000 using Managed Code - Creating a stored function to call the .NET component and testing it (Page 5 of 5 )
The previous section only tested whether the component is really working. After successfully testing it, we need to wrap all of the above code (replacing the hard coded ones to parameters) into a single stored function, so that we can use it very flexibly any number of times. At the moment, I named the stored function “getXMLData”.
Open up your query analyzer and type the following Transact-SQL code, to create the stored function:
create function getXMLData
DECLARE @ExecutionResult INT, @errorSource VARCHAR(100), @errorDescription VARCHAR(100), @result VARCHAR(800),@hnd INT
Just press F5 to execute the script and it should give you a message saying “Script executed successfully”. After creating the stored function, we need to test it (which is the final testing). The following simple T-SQL command will test the functionality of the stored function that we created above:
select dbo.getXMLData('c:\sample.xml') as XMLContent
Once the above command is executed, it should return to you all of the XML content available in “c:\sample.xml” file. Now it is very easy to use it a number of times throughout your project life cycle!
This article is mainly focused on SQL Server 2000 and not at all on SQL Server 2005 (or SQL Server Yukon). It is not at all suggested to use this type of implementation in SQL Server 2005 as it has its own CLR implementation within the SQL Server engine itself. You can directly use .NET programming within SQL Server 2005 without referring to (or working with) any COM related issues.
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