Tom Brown (8/21/2008)
Its brilliant. But how on earth can anyone be expected to figure out the STUFF(... WHERE ... FOR XML PATH('') Syntax - especially when there is no XML involved!
I'll be using this, but I'm a bit wary as I don't know exactly how it works
Thanks... I wish I could take credit for it, but I can't.
I haven't done an indepth analysis of the method, but I've read that it tries to make an XML path out of the individual items and, because the "root" is supressed, it generates not tags. The "STUFF" is just to kill the leading comma.
is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for R
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code: Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
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