IBM DB2 XML Support

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The support for IBM DB2 Pure XML database includes: multiple server connections, resource management, XML Schema registration, XQuery and SQL execution, and table data editing.

About this Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to configure the IBM DB2 support in Oxygen XML Editor, browse and edit the database tables (and particularly the XML content of the cells belonging to an XML type column), register, view or drop the XSD schema used to validate the XML cell content, as well as running SQL/SQL/XML or XQuery interrogations.

It assumes that you have a basic knowledge of databases, SQL, XML technologies, and of Oxygen XML Editor. The explanations and screenshots are given for the standalone version of Oxygen XML Editor. However, the same set of features are available in the Eclipse plugin version of the product with minor interface differences.

How to Configure the IBM DB2 Support in Oxygen

There are two notions you need to understand in order to configure the DB2 support in Oxygen:

  • Data Source
  • Connection

A data source defines all that is needed in order to have a connection to the database. Oxygen uses JDBC as a way to connect, so a data source defines the DB2 JDBC driver details. If you want to connect to servers running different versions of DB2 you need to configure a data source for each DB2 version so that it will properly match the JDBC driver version.

Oxygen currently supports version 9 of IBM DB2 database also known as pureXML. The recommended way to connect is using the JDBC type 4 drivers.

The data source drivers can be configured in the Data Source preferences page.

Data Source Drivers Configuration Dialog

For specific instructions on how to configure the data source drivers, see the following topic in our Users Manual:

Once you have created the data source you may proceed further by defining one or more connections. The connections can be configured in the same Data Source preferences page.

Connection Configuration Dialog

For specific instructions on how to configure the connections, see the following topic in our Users Manual:

Sometimes you need to work with two database servers (for example, a development sever and a production server) so it makes sense to define a connection on each database server to be further used when executing SQL/XQuery or browsing/editing the database content. If the two database servers have the same version, you only need to configure a data source and add two connections for it.

Data Source Explorer View

Once you finish the configuration of the connection, you can browse the database content using the Data Source Explorer view from the Database perspective.

Database Perspective

Drag-and-drop support between tree nodes and an opened SQL editor is also available:

One of the interesting operations available on table nodes is the "Export to XML" action. That allows the database table content to be exported as an XML structure. Please note that Oxygen is able create a basic XSD schema for the table you need to export.

Export Table Dialog

Oxygen also features a tool that is able to generate an XSD schema based on a set of database tables. The Convert DB structure to XML Schema tool is available under the "Tools" menu. Basically, if you select a set of tables, Oxygen can generate an XSD schema that describes table data definitions and it takes the key relationships into account.

Generate Schema Tool

Table Explorer View

The Table Explorer view from the Database Perspective is able to represent a database table content or the result of an SQL interrogation. If you want to edit the table content of a database, you can use the Edit operation from the contextual menu of the Data Source Explorer view.

The view allows you to add, delete, or duplicate table rows. If the database constraints are violated due to your changes, you will be presented with an error message that will help you to correct the problem.

Table Explorer View

The table columns can be sorted by clicking on the table header.

Editing XML Content of the XML Type Columns

The true power of Oxygen is realized when you need to edit content from the XML type columns. The data in these columns can be opened directly in Oxygen XML Editor so you can benefit from all its editing features. Saving the edited data in the database can be done by simply using the Save action. If the database rejects your changes during this operation, you get an error message and the file status remains as modified.

Editing XML Cells

Other Operations Available for an XML Cell:

  • Insert XML file (inserts the content of an XML file on the particular cell)
  • Validate (validates the content of the current XML cell against a previously registered XSD schema)

XML Schema Repository

Every DB2 database schema has an associated "XML Schema repository" where all the XSD schemas available to validate XML content of the XML type columns are stored. The "XML Schema repository" is available as a child node in the Database view for any database schema node. You can expand the "XML Schema repository" node and perform operations such as registering a new schema or dropping an existing one.

Register Schema Dialog

For more information, see:

The XSD schema stored in the "XML Schema repository" can be viewed in the Oxygen XSD editor. However, you cannot modify them (since they are read-only).

Viewing XML Repository Schema

SQL, SQL/XML Support

You can use Oxygen to run SQL (including DDL) or SQL/XML interrogations. To do this, you need to open an SQL document (an SQL template is available from the File/New menu) and write your query content. The SQL editor has an associated scenario where you need to specify the previously created DB2 connection as the transformation engine.

SQL Editor

If you want to re-use the SQL queries, you can specify parameter markers (?) in the SQL content and add their corresponding mapping in the Configure Parameters dialog box for the associated scenario. For example, suppose you need to write an SQL interrogation to get a report with all employees from one department and their last evaluation dates. For this SQL query, you could use a parameter marker (the ID of the department) configured in the Transformation Scenario so you can easily re-use the query for another department.

Parameters Dialog

XQuery Support

DB2 pureXML supports XQuery interrogations when working with the XML content of the XML column types. For example, if you want to generate an XQuery to measure the employee satisfaction levels regarding the company rules, you can open an XQuery template (New/XQuery), configure the transformation scenario to match the DB2 connection for the transformer field, write the XQuery, and then execute it.

XQuery Editor