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Article Last Modified on 7/13/2004


  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft XML Parser 2.5
  • Microsoft XML Parser 2.6
  • Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0

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This simple example shows how to return values from an XML document using Microsoft Visual FoxPro.


This example uses the Microsoft XML (MSXML) parser to move data from an XML document to a FoxPro table. The parser is available at:

The following code creates the Microsoft MSXML ActiveX object to accesses information contained in an XML document and displays it:

  1. Install the MSXML parser.
  2. Create the XML document by copying the sample XML code below to a text file and name the file with the extension .
  3. Create a FoxPro program file with the following code and run the program:

    oXML=CREATEOBJECT('msxml.domdocument')  && This creates the parser object
    oXML.LOAD(GETFILE('xml'))  && This gets and loads the XML document. 
    *** Select the XML document created from the XML code below.
    *** The following gives the basename / RootElemant of the XML document
    ? oXml.DocumentElement.Basename 
    *** The following gives the number of nodes (or records)           
    ? oXML.documentelement.childnodes.LENGTH  
    *** REMEMBER that the object model is in base zero.
    *** Therefore use the following in looping expressions  
    ? oXML.documentelement.childnodes.LENGTH - 1
    *** The following returns the number of child nodes contained under the first Item
    *** This is useful for looping through a childes elements
    *** FOR ichild = 0 TO oXML.documentelement.childnodes.ITEM(0).childnodes.LENGTH - 1
    ? oXML.documentelement.childnodes.ITEM(0).childnodes.LENGTH - 1
    *** The following returns the nodename of the childnode  
    ? oxml.documentelement.childnodes.item(0).childnodes(0).nodename
    *** The following returns the data contained in the childnode
    ? oXML.documentelement.childnodes.ITEM(0).childnodes(0).TEXT
    *** Returns a string of all the data contained in the second child / record
    ? oXml.documentelement.childnodes.item(1).nodetypedvalue

XML Code


    <order_id> 10040</order_id>
    <cust_id>WHITC </cust_id>
    <emp_id>     3</emp_id>
    <to_name>White Clover Markets</to_name>
    <to_address>1029 - 12th Ave. S.</to_address>
    <ship_via>     3</ship_via>
    <order_id> 10095</order_id>
    <cust_id>LAZYK </cust_id>
    <emp_id>     3</emp_id>
    <to_name>Lazy K Kountry Store</to_name>
    <to_address>12 Orchestra Terrace</to_address>
    <to_city>Walla Walla</to_city>
    <ship_via>     3</ship_via>



For additional information on XML, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

191758 Convert FoxPro Cursor into XML Data Format

253713 Move Data From an XML Document into a FoxPro Table

For more information about XML, see the following Web sites:

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