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Handling Simple XML Using T-SQL


Handling Simple XML Using T-SQL

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The obvious next step should have been to split the NAME and VALUE data into two columns. The table presented in the article would be difficult to query or generate meaningful results from.

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The biggest concerns with this approach is how to deal with the big XML documents. Obviousely, it is limited to 8000 chars.

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You are not limited to varchar/char datatypes. This is a limitation of the example because it is using a local variable. You are permitted to use a text datatype if you wish. However, you need to be aware that the performance of using OPENXML versus using data from a table can be significantly slower.

Have a look at topic "OPENXML" in BOL. It has further examples which include how to show the data as separate columns.

One of these examples is :

declare @idoc int
declare @doc varchar(1000)
set @doc ='
<ROOT>
<Customer CustomerID="VINET" ContactName="Paul Henriot">
<Order OrderID="10248" CustomerID="VINET" EmployeeID="5"
OrderDate="1996-07-04T00:00:00">
<OrderDetail ProductID="11" Quantity="12"/>
<OrderDetail ProductID="42" Quantity="10"/>
</Order>
</Customer>
<Customer CustomerID="LILAS" ContactName="Carlos Gonzlez">
<Order OrderID="10283" CustomerID="LILAS" EmployeeID="3"
OrderDate="1996-08-16T00:00:00">
<OrderDetail ProductID="72" Quantity="3"/>
</Order>
</Customer>
</ROOT>'
--Create an internal representation of the XML document.
exec sp_xml_preparedocument @idoc OUTPUT, @doc
-- SELECT stmt using OPENXML rowset provider
SELECT *
FROM OPENXML (@idoc, '/ROOT/Customer/Order/OrderDetail',2)
WITH (OrderID int '../@OrderID',
CustomerID varchar(10) '../@CustomerID',
OrderDate datetime '../@OrderDate',
ProdID int '@ProductID',
Qty int '@Quantity')

This is the result:

OrderID CustomerID OrderDate ProdID Qty

------------------------------------------------------------------------

10248 VINET 1996-07-04 00:00:00.000 11 12
10248 VINET 1996-07-04 00:00:00.000 42 10
10283 LILAS 1996-08-16 00:00:00.000 72 3





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