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SQLXML 3.0 Beta available for download

Written by Bill Graziano on 31 December 2001

Microsoft® SQL Server 2000™ shipped more than a year ago with built-in support for storing and retrieving XML data. Knowing ongoing work would be required after the release of SQL Server 2000 in order to stay current with evolving W3C standards for XML, Microsoft began releasing fully-supported, XML feature packs to the Web in the months after the release of SQL Server 2000. Available as a free download, these XML feature packs—called SQLXML (XML for SQL Server)—extend the XML capabilities of SQL Server 2000.

Web release 1 of SQLXML added Updategrams and XML Bulk Load functionality, as well as a host of other features to the SQL Server 2000 base. SQLXML 2.0 continued this by adding support for XSD mapping schemas, adding a new SQLXML OLEDB provider, Client-Side XML functionality, and more.

SQLXML 3.0 introduces Web Services to SQL Server 2000. With SQLXML 3.0, Stored Procedures and XML Templates can be exposed as a Web Service.

SQLXML 3.0 also updates SQLXML 2.0’s support for Diffgrams, understanding new features added since Visual Studio .NET Beta 2.

Additionally, the features introduced in SQLXML 1.0 and SQLXML 2.0 are included in the download of SQLXML 3.0.