T-SQL: Parsing data type xml

If you only occasionally dabble in XML and XPath utilizing the XML data type in SQL Server can be a bit daunting. I found it very useful in passing parameters to stored procedures containing object graphs. The same can be accomplished the table parameter if you only have a list of one type of objects, but if you need to pass an object graph of parent/child objects of different types, using XML will be your best bet.

Below I demonstrate how one could represent a list of Contact objects in an XML document and subsequently access the data via a select statement. the @Contacts parameter could be used as a parameter to a stored procedure if you’re running SQL 2005 or higher. Use your imagination for the rest.

declare @Contacts xml

set @Contacts = 

    ContactID = Contact.value('ContactID[1]', 'int'),
    Email = Contact.value('Email[1]', 'varchar(255)')
    @Contacts.nodes('root/Contact') as Contacts([Contact])
Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: