XML data (from files of HTTP web requests) can be integrated and
synchronized without code to SharePoint on-premises lists using the Layer2 Business Data List Connector. In case you are looking for Online data integration, you will find the right tool here.
Figure 1. It's easy to integrate XML data with SharePoint. Just create a list and click "Connect to external data source" in your list settings.
XML Integration with SharePoint - Features & Benefits
Very easy to setup in a few
minutes: Create a new SharePoint list, click "Connect to external data
source" in the list settings, select the data provider, enter connection
settings and data query as shown below ... that's it.
No changes in the XML data source required: No
programming, no additional tools.
Connected list data always up-to-date: The connected XML data query updates the SharePoint list automatically in background (via
SharePoint Timer Job), or alternatively, on-demand (Action Menu / Ribbon Button,
URL, via workflow, API).
Well-known BCS "external list" issues and limitations are completely
solved: ALL list features are to you. Views, sorting and grouping,
filters, calculated fields, search, managed metadata. Lookups, additional
columns and attachments can be created as normal. All kind of lists can be used,
e.g. contacts, tasks, calendar, or custom lists. You can take external data
offline via Outlook.
Workflows and notifications on external data change: List
workflows and change notifications per RSS or email can be used to take business
actions in SharePoint, when external XML data records are
Application logging, reporting, and notifications: A
SharePoint list is used to store settings and log information. SharePoint item
versioning and workflows can be used to manage reporting and notifications.
Direct notification per email in case of errors is supported as well.
Highest Security, best performance, easy to maintain:
SharePoint Secure Store can be used to store security relevant
configuration information safely in one central place. Users are
working with the SharePoint lists as an external data cache with highest
security and performance. Large data sources can be synchronized.
100+ more external systems supported: Layer2 Data
Providers included (e.g. for external SharePoint or Office 365, Exchange,
Dynamics ERP/CRM, OData, XML/RSS, SOAP), vendor specific data providers can be
used (e.g. SQL Server Oracle, MySQL etc.), 3rd party data providers also
supported, e.g. for custom ERP/CRM, Facebook or Twitter. See here for supported systems and
XML Specific SharePoint List Configuration Settings
In the Layer2 Business Data List Connector, the data connection must be
configured as follows:
Figure 2. Example connection
configuration to connect a native SharePoint list to a XML data entity via
Layer2 Business Data List Connector.
Select the Layer2 Data Provider for XML. This provider is part of the ADO.NET provider package and should already be installed. You will find more information about the provider within the Layer Data Provider for XML specifications page.
You can use a connection string like this to
Several different authentication methods are supported. See the provider specification linked above for more information.