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Oracle SQL Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach by Darl Kuhn, Bob Bryla, Grant Allen

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Chapter 14. Working with XML Data

Back in the halcyon days of the dot-com boom, it seemed every problem known to humankind could be solved with the application of a single technology—XML was the answer! Fast forward 10 years, and XML has become part of everyday life for information technology. Whether it's as part of the SOAP protocols for web services, the basis for workflow with BPEL (the Business Process Execution Language for Web Services), or as a universal mechanism for data interchange, XML is increasingly entering the database world.

Oracle added support for XML with Oracle 9i, and has improved its capabilities so that XML in 11g Release 2 is a first-class data citizen, with a wealth of tricks up its metaphorical sleeve. The recipes presented ...

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