Relation data and XML have three environments available for manipulation in Microsoft visual studio. The options include classes in the system.xml namespace, SQLXML class and the XML-data type packed in SQL Server.
The services of XML support were included in the Microsoft SQL Server in order to provide users with features that would expose relation data as XML-type. It also included the feature of shredding XML-documents into row sets and creates queries using XP path on XML-views. The software also assists in exposing data through HTTP on SQL Server. It also facilitates XML views creation by the use of XML schemas in mapping them to database schemas with the help of XML-Data Reduced (XDR) schemas. XML-software was later improved to offer support for web services and Client- side-XML.
XML areas of usage include the XML-application for business Integration or and XML-application for content management. XML-application for business integration includes the application-to-application (A2A), Business to consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B). Applications that work on different disparate systems are able to communicate through the use of XML-based messages. XML-application for content management, on the other hand, allows users to retrieve, store, modify and query any XML-documents. The system does not change the native format of the XML documents.
Microsoft .NET framework facilitates excellent XML based products development. Core classes are made available with the system.Xml namespace, which is facilitated by the .NET framework. The core class functionality is to assist readers in reading, writing and validating software documents with the help of stream-based, and document object model-based access models. The system.xml namespace is made up of different sub-namespaces. They are namely System.Xml.Schema, System.Xml.Serialization, System.Xml.XPath and System.Xml.Xsl.
System.Xml.Schema is made up of classes that work with XML schema definition language while System.Xml.Xsl contains classes that perform with Extensible Stylesheet Transformations (XSLT). System.Xml.serialization on the other hand, contains classes of serialized objects in XML documents or streams. System.Xml.Xpath contains classes responsible for navigation through XML documents using Xpath expressions.
XML-type is the best form of exposing business data, which is hierarchical, and semi-structured. The data should also be stored in a database that is accessed with the use of SQL Server. The process of querying using SQL language is easy and maintainable. XML has other benefits that make it the best like its ability to present semi-structured data in a more natural way. It also offers an independent platform that is human readable and hence does not require any language to run.
Therefore, every business person should use XML since it offers a simple way of generating XML-relational data on the servers. It also provides an ability to communicate business information through web services. It also allows integration with XSL in applications or business platforms.