Contatenate string

Is there a way you can concatenate string together in a group.

select max(string) from table group by KEYFIELD
is legal,

but I want to return a string list separated by ","
like 'XXX', 'XXX' for key field.

I can do it using a cursor, but can we write a function so it can be returned

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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
CREATE Function udf_GetList (@KEYFIELD int)

Returns varchar(1000)


Declare      @List varchar(1000)

Set @List = ''
Select      @List = @List + Value + ', '
From      Table1

-- Len:  Excludes trailing blanks.
If Len(@List) > 0
   Set @List = Left(@List, Len(@List) - 1)

Return @List


Anthony PerkinsCommented:
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pwang1973Author Commented:
Thanks Anthony:

I tried and it works, the only question left is that I try to create a function with table Name passed in as a paramter, but inside function you can not use the exec command. Is there a workaround for it?

Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>> but inside function you can not use the exec command.<<
That is correct. I do not believe you can use the sp_executesql, either.  In any case using dynamic SQL should only be done as  a last resort.  

>>Is there a workaround for it?<<
Potentially how many distinct tables can be passed in?

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not that i'd advise using it but would the adding a remote server for the current server
and accessing the tables via openquery trick work in this scenario?
Anthony PerkinsCommented:

I think you may have posted in the wrong thread.

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