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How To : Access database tables from XSLT context

July 30, 2012 12 comments

In this post we’ll see how to access a database table (or view) in the context of an XSL transformation.

The key feature allowing that is the ability to query a table using a DBUri URI.
In SQL or PL/SQL, DBUris are managed via the DBUriType object and its methods (see DBUris: Pointers to Database Data), and over HTTP protocol via the DBUriServlet.
The URI address is an XPath-based string, just like the oradb scheme available in XQuery.

In XSLT, we can pass a DBUri URI to the document() function in order to retrieve data in XML format. There are however some restrictions.

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