Yeah, everyone has to find what lies easy under the fingers - no harm intended, BTW!

The nested thing does get "interesting" with XMLTABLE - I had to do it, and the key for me was mapping a section of XML as XML type, then passing that to a joined XMLTABLE - had to learn some new dance steps, but it made it really work for us.


On 2/21/2019 4:45 PM, Jon Paris wrote:
"I know that Jon P. doesn't grok XMLTABLE, and I stumble over complex stuff with XML-INTO, and all the code I have to use for XML-SAX, well, the SQL solution is just cleaner all around for me."

In cases such as this simple "record layout" type XML Vern I have no issues with it. It is when dealing with nested structures that I find it easier to deal with XML-INTO. Maybe because it has been a long time since I had an XML doc that was not pretty easily mapped into a DS.

Jon Paris

On Feb 21, 2019, at 4:58 PM, Vernon Hamberg <vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Paul

I'll take a stab at this - I'm going to say that XMLTABLE is probably the fastest - at least no slower, and, for me, pretty easy to set up - again, for me, easier than XML-INTO.

Here's why -we receive from our field associates several XML files, one of which is for the various components of the service they do.

It was being processed with XML-SAX, and at 7.1 we had trouble with conversion of "interesting" characters into CCSID(37).

I learned about XMLTABLE, and we use that now - it's a dream, and it did character substitution better than RPG did - and I have around half a dozen evocations of XMLTABLE, despite which, the time to process things is no worse than it was with XML-SAX - the latter would have a single pass through the XML, multiple uses of XMLTABLE would have a pass for each use - yet, the overall time was not longer with those multiple passes.

I know that Jon P. doesn't grok XMLTABLE, and I stumble over complex stuff with XML-INTO, and all the code I have to use for XML-SAX, well, the SQL solution is just cleaner all around for me.

So that's as much as I know and have seen here - HTH!


On 2/21/2019 1:37 PM, Therrien, Paul via RPG400-L wrote:
(Cross Posting from Midrange-L)

We are on IBM I V7R3.

The immediate question: Is XMLTABLE the best way to process a large XML file?

We have XML files that contain over 40,000 individual data records with file sizes over 7 megs and one even over 70 megs in one instance.
I am parsing the data from XML into an SQL table using the following statement:

exec sql
insert into pjtlib/zmpsnxfl
select x.*
from pjtlib/xmltext,
XMLTABLE( '$doc/IMB_Personalization/MailingData/Personalization'
passing info as "doc"
mailingNumber varchar(5) default ' ' path '../../MailingNumber'
, imbNumber varchar(21) default ' ' path '../IMB_Number'
, psnValue varchar(100) default ' ' path 'PsnAlpha'
, psnCode varchar(3) default ' ' path 'PsnCde'
, MFentity varchar(3) default ' ' path 'MFentity'
, MFelement varchar(3) default ' ' path 'MFelement'
) X

This works great for a file with a few hundred transactions in it. But when we have 40,000 transactions it takes a lot of time. (I have a file that is 35meg in size, with over 50,000 records and it took 20 minutes to complete.)

Is there a way to speed this up using XMLTABLE() or is there a more efficient way other than XMLTABLE?



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