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239 XMLTYPE

XMLType is a system-defined opaque type for handling XML data. It as predefined member functions on it to extract XML nodes and fragments.

You can create columns of XMLType and insert XML documents into it. You can also generate XML documents as XMLType instances dynamically using the SYS_XMLGEN and SYS_XMLAGG SQL functions.

This chapter contains the following topics:


Summary of XMLType Subprograms

Table 239-1 summarizes functions and procedures of the XMLType.

Table 239-1 XMLTYPE Subprograms

Method Description

CREATENONSCHEMABASEDXML

Creates a non schema based XML from the input schema based instance.

CREATESCHEMABASEDXML

Creates a schema based XMLType instance from the non-schema based instance using the input schema URL.

CREATEXML

Static function for creating and returning an XMLType instance.

EXISTSNODE

Takes a XMLType instance and a XPath and returns 1 or 0 indicating if applying the XPath returns a non-empty set of nodes.

EXTRACT

Takes a XMLType instance and an XPath, applies the XPath expression and returns the results as an XMLType.

GETBLOBVAL

Returns the value of the XMLType instance as a BLOB

GETCLOBVAL

Returns the value of the XMLType instance as a CLOB.

GETNAMESPACE

Returns the namespace for the top level element in a schema based document.

GETNUMBERVAL

Returns the value of the XMLType instance as a NUMBER. This is only valid if the input XMLType instance contains a simple text node and is convertible to a number.

GETROOTELEMENT

Returns the root element of the input instance. Returns NULL if the instance is a fragment

GETSCHEMAURL

Returns the XML schema URL if the input is an XML Schema based.

GETSTRINGVAL

Returns the value of the XMLType instance as a string.

ISFRAGMENT

Checks if the input XMLType instance is a fragment or not. A fragment is a XML instance, which has more than one root element.

ISSCHEMABASED

Returns 1 or 0 indicating if the input XMLType instance is a schema based one or not.

ISSCHEMAVALID

Checks if the input instance is schema valid according to the given schema URL.

ISSCHEMAVALIDATED

Checks if the instance has been validated against the schema.

SCHEMAVALIDATE

Validates the input instance according to the XML Schema. Raises error if the input instance is non-schema based.

SETSCHEMAVALIDATED

Sets the schema valid flag to avoid costly schema validation.

TOOBJECT

Converts the XMLType instance to an object type.

TRANSFORM

Takes an XMLType instance and an associated stylesheet (which is also an XMLType instance), applies the stylesheet and returns the result as XML.

XMLTYPE

Constructs an instance of the XMLType datatype. The constructor can take in the XML as a CLOB, VARCHAR2 or take in a object type.



CREATENONSCHEMABASEDXML

Member function. Creates a non-schema based XML document from a schema based instance.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION CREATENONSCHEMABASEDXML
return XMLType deterministic;

CREATESCHEMABASEDXML

Member function. Creates a schema based XMLType instance from a non-schema based XMLType value. It uses either the supplied SCHEMA URL, or the SCHEMALOCATION attribute of the instance.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION createSchemaBasedXML(
schema IN varchar2 := NULL)
return XMLType deterministic;
Parameter Description
schema Optional XMLSchema URL used to convert the value to the specified schema..


CREATEXML

Static function for creating and returning an XMLType instance. The string and clob parameters used to pass in the date must contain well-formed and valid XML documents. The options are described in the following table.

Syntax Description
STATIC FUNCTION createXML(

   xmlData IN varchar2)

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

Creates the XMLType instance from a string.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML(

   xmlData IN clob)

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

Creates the XMLType instance from a CLOB.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML (

   xmlData IN clob,

   schema IN varchar2,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN number := 0 )

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

This static function creates a schema-based XMLType instance using the specified schema and xml data parameters.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML (

   xmlData IN varchar2,

   schema IN varchar2,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN number := 0)

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

This static function creates a schema-based XMLType instance using the specified schema and xml data parameters.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML (

   xmlData IN "<ADT_1>",

   schema IN varchar2 := NULL,

   element IN varchar2 := NULL,

   validated IN NUMBER := 0)

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

Creates an XML instance from an instance of an user-defined type.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML (

   xmlData IN SYS_REFCURSOR,

   schema in varchar2 := NULL,

   element in varchar2 := NULL,

   validated in number := 0)

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

Creates an XML instance from a cursor reference. You can pass in any arbitrary SQL query as a CURSOR.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML (

   xmlData IN AnyData,

   schema in varchar2 := NULL,

   element in varchar2 := NULL,

   validated in number := 0)

RETURN sys.XMLType deterministic

   parallel_enable

Creates an XML instance from ANYDATA.If the ANYDATAinstance contains an ADT, the XMLTypereturned is the same as would be returned for a call directly on the ADT. If the ANYDATAcontains a scalar, the XMLType contains a leaf node with the scalar value. The element name for this node is taken from the optional element string if present, and is "ANYDATA" if it is not.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML (

   xmlData IN blob,

   csid IN number,

   schema IN varchar2,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN number := 0)

return sys.XMLType deterministic

Creates an XML instance from a BLOB.
STATIC FUNCTION createXML (

   xmlData IN bfile,

   csid IN number,

   Schema IN varchar2,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN number := 0)

return sys.XMLType deterministic

Creates an XML instance from a BFILE.

Parameter Description
xmlData The actual data in the form of a BFILE, BLOB, CLOB, REF cursor, VARCHAR2 or object type.
schema Optional Schema URL to be used to make the input conform to the given schema.
validated Flag to indicate that the instance is valid according to the given XML Schema. (Default is 0)
wellformed Flag to indicate that the input is well formed. If set, then the database would not do well formed check on the input instance. (Default is 0)
element Optional element name in the case of the ADT_1 or REF CURSOR constructors. (Default is NULL)
CSID The character set id of input XML data.


EXISTSNODE

Member function. Checks if the node exists. If the XPath string is NULL or the document is empty, then a value of 0 is returned, otherwise returns 1. The options are described in the following table.

Syntax Description
MEMBER FUNCTION existsNode(

   xpath IN varchar2)

RETURN number deterministic;

Given an XPath expression, checks if the XPath applied over the document can return any valid nodes.
MEMBER FUNCTION existsNode(

   xpath in varchar2,

   nsmap in varchar2)

RETURN number deterministic;

This member function uses the XPath expression with the namespace information and checks if applying the XPath returns any nodes or not.

Parameter Description
xpath The XPath expression to test.
nsmap Optional namespace mapping.


EXTRACT

Member function. Extracts an XMLType fragment and returns an XMLType instance containing the result node(s). If the XPath does not result in any nodes, then returns NULL. The options are described in the following table.

Syntax Description
MEMBER FUNCTION extract(

   xpath IN varchar2)

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

Given an XPath expression, applies the XPath to the document and returns the fragment as an XMLType.
MEMBER FUNCTION extract(

   xpath IN varchar2,

   nsmap IN varchar2)

RETURN XMLType deterministic;

This member function applies the XPath expression and namespace mapping, over the XML data to return a XMLType instance containing the resultant fragment.

Parameter Description
xpath The XPath expression to apply.
nsmap Optional prefix to namespace mapping information.


GETBLOBVAL

Member function. Returns a BLOB containing the serialized XML representation; if the returns is a temporary BLOB, then it must be freed after use.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION getBlobVal()
RETURN Blob deterministic;

GETCLOBVAL

Member function. Returns a CLOB containing the serialized XML representation; if the returns is a temporary CLOB, then it must be freed after use.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION getClobVal()
RETURN clob deterministic;

GETNAMESPACE

Member function. Returns the namespace of the top level element in the instance. Returns NULL if the input is a fragment or is a non-schema based instance.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION getNamespace
return varchar2 deterministic;

GETNUMBERVAL

Member function. Returns a numeric value, formatted from the text value pointed to by the XMLType instance. The XMLType must point to a valid text node that contains a numerical value. The options are described in the following table.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION getNumberVal()
RETURN number deterministic;

GETROOTELEMENT

Member function. Gets the root element of the XMLType instance. Returns NULL if the instance is a fragment.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION getRootElement
return varchar2 deterministic;

GETSCHEMAURL

Member function. Returns the XML Schema URL corresponding to the XMLType instance, if the XMLType instance is a schema-based document. Otherwise returns NULL.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION getSchemaURL
return varchar2 deterministic;

GETSTRINGVAL

Member function. Returns the document as a string. Returns s string containing the seralized XML representation, or in case of text nodes, the text itself. If the XML document is bigger than the maximum size of the VARCHAR2, which is 4000, then an error is raised at run time.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION getStringVal()
RETURN varchar2 deterministic;

ISFRAGMENT

Determines if the XMLType instance corresponds to a well-formed document, or a fragment. Returns 1 or 0 indicating if the XMLType instance contains a fragment or a well-formed document.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION isFragment()
RETURN number deterministic;

ISSCHEMABASED

Member function. Determines whether the XMLType instance is schema-based or not. Returns 1 or 0 depending on whether the XMLType instance is schema-based.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION isSchemaBased
return number deterministic;

ISSCHEMAVALID

Member function. Checks if the input instance is conformant to a specified schema. Does not change the validation status of the XML instance. If a XML Schema URL is not specified and the xml document is schema based, the conformance is checked against the XMLType instance's own schema.

Syntax

member function isSchemaValid(
schurl IN VARCHAR2 := NULL,
elem IN VARCHAR2 := NULL)
return NUMBER deterministic;
Parameter IN / OUT Description
schurl (IN) The URL of the XML Schema against which to check conformance.
elem (IN) Element of a specified schema, against which to validate. This is useful when we have a XML Schema which defines more than one top level element, and we want to check conformance against a specific one of these elements.


ISSCHEMAVALIDATED

Member function. Returns the validation status of the XMLType instance -- tells if a schema based instance has been actually validated against its schema. Returns 1 if the instance has been validated against the schema, 0 otherwise.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION isSchemaValidated
return NUMBER deterministic;

SCHEMAVALIDATE

Member procedure. Validates the XML instance against its schema if it hasn't already been done. For non-schema based documents an error is raised. If validation fails an error is raised; else, the document's status is changed to validated.

Syntax

MEMBER PROCEDURE schemaValidate(
   self IF OUT NOCOPY XMLType);
Parameter IN / OUT Description
self (OUT) XML instance being validated against the schema.


SETSCHEMAVALIDATED

Member function. Sets the VALIDATION state of the input XML instance.

Syntax

MEMBER PROCEDURE setSchemaValidated(
self IF OUT NOCOPY XMLType,
   flag IN BINARY_INTEGER := 1);
Parameter IN / OUT Description
self (OUT) XML instance.
flag (IN) 0 - NOT VALIDATED; 1 - VALIDATED (Default)


TOOBJECT

Member procedure. Converts the XML value to an object type using the XMLSCHEMA mapping, if available. If a SCHEMA is not supplied or the input is a non-schema based XML, the procedure uses cannonical mapping between elements and object type attributes.

See Also:

Syntax

MEMBER PROCEDURE toObject(
SELF in XMLType,
object OUT "<ADT_1>",
schema in varchar2 := NULL,
element in varchar2 := NULL);
Parameter IN / OUT Description
SELF (IN) Instance to be converted. Implicit if used as a member procedure.
object (IN) Converted object. An object instance of the required type may be passed in to this function
schema (IN) Schema URL. The mapping of the XMLType instance to the converted object instance may be specified using a schema.
element (IN) Top-level element name. An XML Schema document does not specify the top-level element for a conforming XML instance document without this parameter.


TRANSFORM

Member function. This member function transforms the XML data using the XSL stylesheet argument and the top-level parameters passed as a string of name=value pairs. If any of the arguments other than the parammap is NULL, then a NULL is returned.

Syntax

MEMBER FUNCTION transform(
xsl IN XMLType,
parammap in varchar2 := NULL)
RETURN XMLType deterministic;
Parameter IN / OUT Description
xsl (IN) The XSL stylesheet describing the transformation
parammap (IN) Top level parameters to the XSL - string of name=value pairs


XMLTYPE

XMLType constructor. The options are described in the following table.

Syntax Description
constructor function XMLType(

   xmlData IN clob,

   schema IN varchar2 := NULL,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN Number := 0)

return self as result deterministic;

This constructor function creates an optionally schema-based XMLType instance using the specified schema and xml data parameters.
constructor function XMLType(

   xmlData IN varchar2,

   schema IN varchar2 := NULL,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN number := 0)

return self as result deterministic;

This constructor function creates an optionally schema-based XMLType instance using the specified schema and xml data parameters.
constructor function XMLType (

   xmlData IN "w<ADT_1>",

   schema IN varchar2 := NULL,

   element IN varchar2 := NULL,

   validated IN number := 0)

return self as result deterministic;

This constructor function creates an optionally schema-based XMLType instance from the specified object type parameter.
constructor function XMLType(

   xmlData IN SYS_REFCURSOR,

   schema in varchar2 := NULL,

   element in varchar2 := NULL,

   validated in number := 0)

return self as result deterministic;

This constructor function creates an optionally schema-based XMLType instance from the specified REF CURSOR parameter.
constructor function XMLType(

   xmlData IN AnyData,

   schema IN varchar2 := NULL,

   element IN varchar2 := NULL,

   validated IN number := 0)

return self as result deterministic

   parallel_enable

This constructor function creates an optionally schema-based XMLType instance from the specified ANYDATA parameter.If the ANYDATA instance contains an ADT, the XMLType returned is the same as would be returned for a call directly on the ADT. If the ANYDATA contains a scalar, the XMLType contains a leaf node with the scalar value. The element name for this node is taken from the optional element string if present, and is "ANYDATA" if it is not.
constructor function XMLType(

   xmlData IN blob, csid IN number,

   schema IN varchar2 := NULL,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN number := 0)

return self as result deterministic

This constructor function creates an optionally schema-based XMLType instance from the specified BLOB parameter.
constructor function XMLType(

   xmlData IN bfile,

   csid IN number,

   schema IN varchar2 := NULL,

   validated IN number := 0,

   wellformed IN number := 0)

return self as result deterministic

This constructor function creates an optionally schema-based XMLType instance from the specified BFILE parameter.

Parameter Description
xmlData The data in the form of a BFILE, BLOB, CLOB, REFs, VARCHAR2 or object type.
schema Optional Schema URL to be used to make the input conform to the given schema.
validated Indicates that the instance is valid to the given XML Schema.
wellformed Indicates that the input is well formed. If set, then the database would not do well formed check on the input instance.
element Optional element name in the case of the ADT_1 or REF CURSOR constructors. (Default is NULL)
CSID The character set id of input XML data.