At this point, your SQL Server 2000 XML toolbox should be just about full. The neat thing is that SQL Server 2000 is only the first version of SQL Server with native XML support. Now more than ever, with the advent of Web Services, Windows XP, the .NET Framework, and other emerging standards, the path to the future is paved with XML. SQL Server 2000 and the techniques illustrated here will help you find your way along it.
In the next chapter, you'll learn about Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, a powerful set of tools for data mining and analytical processing.