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DataTable.WriteXmlSchema Method (TextWriter, Boolean)

Note: This method is new in the .NET Framework version 2.0.

Writes the current data structure of the DataTable as an XML schema using the specified TextWriter. To save the schema for the table and all its descendants, set the writeHierarchy parameter to true.

Namespace: System.Data
Assembly: System.Data (in system.data.dll)

public void WriteXmlSchema (
	TextWriter writer,
	bool writeHierarchy
)
public void WriteXmlSchema (
	TextWriter writer, 
	boolean writeHierarchy
)
public function WriteXmlSchema (
	writer : TextWriter, 
	writeHierarchy : boolean
)

Parameters

writer

The TextWriter with which to write.

writeHierarchy

If true, write the schema of the current table and all its descendants. If false (the default value), write the schema for the current table only.

Use the WriteXmlSchema method to write the schema for a DataTable to an XML document. The schema includes table, relation, and constraint definitions.

The XML schema is written using the XSD standard.

To write the data to an XML document, use the WriteXml method.

Normally the WriteXmlSchema method writes the schema only for the current table. To write the schema for the current table and its entire descendant, related tables, call the method with the writeHierarchy parameter set to true.

The following console application creates two DataTable instances, adds each to a DataSet, creates a DataRelation relating the two tables, and then uses the WriteXmlSchema method to write the data contained within the parent table to a TextWriter. The example demonstrates the behavior when setting the writeHierarchy parameter to each of its values.

static void Main()
{
    DataSet ds = new DataSet();
    DataTable customerTable = GetCustomers();
    DataTable orderTable = GetOrders();

    ds.Tables.Add(customerTable);
    ds.Tables.Add(orderTable);
    ds.Relations.Add("CustomerOrder",
        new DataColumn[] { customerTable.Columns[0] ,
        new DataColumn[] { orderTable.Columns[1] , true);

    System.IO.StringWriter writer = new System.IO.StringWriter();
    customerTable.WriteXmlSchema(writer, false);
    PrintOutput(writer, "Customer table, without hierarchy");

    writer = new System.IO.StringWriter();
    customerTable.WriteXmlSchema(writer, true);
    PrintOutput(writer, "Customer table, with hierarchy");

    Console.WriteLine("Press any key to continue.");
    Console.ReadKey();


private static DataTable GetCustomers()
{
    // Create sample Customers table, in order
    // to demonstrate the behavior of the DataTableReader.
    DataTable table = new DataTable();

    // Create two columns, ID and Name.
    DataColumn idColumn = table.Columns.Add("ID", typeof(System.Int32));
    table.Columns.Add("Name", typeof(System.String));

    // Set the ID column as the primary key column.
    table.PrimaryKey = new DataColumn[] { idColumn ;

    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 1, "Mary" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 2, "Andy" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 3, "Peter" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 4, "Russ" );
    table.AcceptChanges();
    return table;


private static DataTable GetOrders()
{
    // Create sample Customers table, in order
    // to demonstrate the behavior of the DataTableReader.
    DataTable table = new DataTable();

    // Create three columns; OrderID, CustomerID, and OrderDate.
    table.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("OrderID", typeof(System.Int32)));
    table.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("CustomerID", typeof(System.Int32)));
    table.Columns.Add(new DataColumn("OrderDate", typeof(System.DateTime)));

    // Set the OrderID column as the primary key column.
    table.PrimaryKey = new DataColumn[] { table.Columns[0] ;

    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 1, 1, "12/2/2003" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 2, 1, "1/3/2004" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 3, 2, "11/13/2004" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 4, 3, "5/16/2004" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 5, 3, "5/22/2004" );
    table.Rows.Add(new object[] { 6, 4, "6/15/2004" );
    table.AcceptChanges();
    return table;


private static void PrintOutput(System.IO.TextWriter writer, string caption)
{
    Console.WriteLine("==============================");
    Console.WriteLine(caption);
    Console.WriteLine("==============================");
    Console.WriteLine(writer.ToString());


The example displays the following output in the console window:

==============================
Customer table, without hierarchy
==============================
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
<xs:schema id="NewDataSet" xmlns="" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
xmlns:msdata="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-msdata">
  <xs:element name="NewDataSet" msdata:IsDataSet="true" msdata:MainDataTable="Ta
ble1">
    <xs:complexType>
      <xs:choice minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
        <xs:element name="Table1">
          <xs:complexType>
            <xs:sequence>
              <xs:element name="ID" type="xs:int" />
              <xs:element name="Name" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
            </xs:sequence>
          </xs:complexType>
        </xs:element>
      </xs:choice>
    </xs:complexType>
    <xs:unique name="Constraint1" msdata:PrimaryKey="true">
      <xs:selector xpath=".//Table1" />
      <xs:field xpath="ID" />
    </xs:unique>
  </xs:element>
</xs:schema>
==============================
Customer table, with hierarchy
==============================
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>
<xs:schema id="NewDataSet" xmlns="" xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
xmlns:msdata="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xml-msdata">
  <xs:element name="NewDataSet" msdata:IsDataSet="true" msdata:MainDataTable="Table1">
    <xs:complexType>
      <xs:choice minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="unbounded">
        <xs:element name="Table1">
          <xs:complexType>
            <xs:sequence>
              <xs:element name="ID" type="xs:int" />
              <xs:element name="Name" type="xs:string" minOccurs="0" />
            </xs:sequence>
          </xs:complexType>
        </xs:element>
        <xs:element name="Table2">
          <xs:complexType>
            <xs:sequence>
              <xs:element name="OrderID" type="xs:int" />
              <xs:element name="CustomerID" type="xs:int" minOccurs="0" />
              <xs:element name="OrderDate" type="xs:dateTime" minOccurs="0" />
            </xs:sequence>
          </xs:complexType>
        </xs:element>
      </xs:choice>
    </xs:complexType>
    <xs:unique name="Constraint1" msdata:PrimaryKey="true">
      <xs:selector xpath=".//Table1" />
      <xs:field xpath="ID" />
    </xs:unique>
    <xs:unique name="Table2_Constraint1" msdata:ConstraintName="Constraint1" msdata:PrimaryKey="true">
      <xs:selector xpath=".//Table2" />
      <xs:field xpath="OrderID" />
    </xs:unique>
    <xs:keyref name="CustomerOrder" refer="Constraint1">
      <xs:selector xpath=".//Table2" />
      <xs:field xpath="CustomerID" />
    </xs:keyref>
  </xs:element>
</xs:schema>

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0

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