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DataSet.GetXml Method

Returns the XML representation of the data stored in the DataSet.

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

Public Function GetXml As String

Return Value

Type: System.String
A string that is a representation of the data stored in the DataSet.

Calling this method is identical to calling WriteXml with XmlWriteMode set to IgnoreSchema.

GetXml returns XML as a string, and therefore requires more overhead than WriteXml to write XML to a file.

If you build a DataSet using schema inference and serialize it using XML or Web services, the column ordering may change.

The following example creates a DataSet and DataTable, adds sample data, and then displays the data in XML format.

Private Shared Sub DemonstrateGetXml()
	' Create a DataSet with one table 
    ' containing two columns and 10 rows.
	Dim dataSet As DataSet = New DataSet("dataSet")
	Dim table As DataTable = dataSet.Tables.Add("Items")
	table.Columns.Add("id", Type.GetType("System.Int32"))
	table.Columns.Add("Item", Type.GetType("System.String"))

	' Add ten rows.
	Dim row As DataRow
	Dim i As Integer
	For i = 0 To 9
		row = table.NewRow()
		row("id") = i
		row("Item")= "Item" & i

	' Display the DataSet contents as XML.
	Console.WriteLine( dataSet.GetXml() )
End Sub

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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