Apparently there's been a bit of confusion out there lately about the list of deprecated technologies in the Data Access Road Map. Both Ken and Bryant blogged about it, and I just wanted to clarify a few things:
- This article specifically referrs to SqlXml in MDAC. That's the SqlXmlx.dll file that provides nifty things like Templates and Updategams through SqlOleDB directly. This is actually a fairly old (1.0+) version of our code.
- SqlXml will be removed from future versions of MDAC, as in MDAC > 2.X. SqlXml still provies its own OleDb provider that can be used with MDAC or SQLNCLI (in Sql Server 2005). We will remain in the 2.X line.
- Notification Services has a dependency on SqlXml, but on the stand-alone version that contains Bulkload. The MDAC plans should not affect this at all.
So, SqlXml will be hanging around for a while, have no fears. Hope that clarifies a few things.