Brilliant use of XML in the relational database

A great example of how one could use the Oracle XMLDB functionality in a unforeseen way in your relational world, is being demonstrated by Laurent Schneider in his article “How do i store the counts of all tables…

Here, Laurent demonstrates the alternative use of XML functions and packages to solve intriguing and demanding queries. Have a look yourself at Laurent’s site at

Another small addition…
Apparently I overlooked the XML items filed under “csv format with select *“, but luckily Tom Kyte re-directed my attention to it…
As said, Cool stuff


4 thoughts on “Brilliant use of XML in the relational database

  1. Marco,

    I recently found this site: Joe Fuda shows some interesting usages of the XML functions. I found the usage of the xmlagg function to convert rows to strings exceptionally useful.


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