CHAPTER 10Generating and Retrieving XML

When data is incorporated along with its metadata in XML, it is more self-describing and portable and can be easily shared, transformed, and transported across applications and platforms. This has been the driving force in making XML a widely accepted format for encapsulating data and in a standard protocol for delivering services across software components in business systems. As a result, the ways of managing XML data greatly influence the architecture of modern databases.

Oracle Database 10g provides the built-in support for XML, which greatly simplifies the retrieval of XML content and the conversion between relational datasets and XML-formatted data. This chapter will cover the techniques to populate ...

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