Better XML to DataSet inference in .NET 2.0

When you load XML into an ADO.NET DataSet using it's ReadXml() method, ADO.NET uses a fixed set of rules to determine how to infer a relational structure for the XML. These rules are doc'd in the .NET framework docs. One of the most frustrating rules was that you couldn't have the same attribute name or subelement name in more than one different element. Doing so cause the ReadXml() method to produce the well-known error “The same table (Table name) cannot be the child table in two nested relations.”

The algorithm is improved so this type of XML can be loaded in .NET 2.0. It can load my test semistructured (also known as “tags and text”) document, as well as more mundane XML documents that caused this error in previous versions. The document:

<title>Testing your <noun>typewriter</noun></title>
<p>The quick brown <noun>fox</noun> jumps over
the lazy <noun>dog</noun></p>

Produces 4 tables, named book, chapter, p, and noun. It even serializes out using WriteXml() the same way it looked when it was loaded, adding only an extra unused namespace declaration for xmlns:xsi="".

This will be a help for developers using this method of XML to relational mapping.

One thought on “Better XML to DataSet inference in .NET 2.0

  1. I need more help about this problem ¿Could you post a complete example?
    Thanks a lot.
    Your site its awesome.
    Damian from Argentina.

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