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SQL Server: SELECT query with FOR XML clause

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I have to create XML output for the table in SQL Server database. All columns should be childred of the element with the table name. One column should be an attribute of the element with the table name. Can it be accomplished somehow using FOR XML clause in SELECT query?
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by:howyue
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can u provide the sample table structure and the sample xml?
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by:quasar_ee
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table1:
column1
column2
column3
...
columnN

XML:
<ROOT>
   <table1 column2="value2">
      <column1> value1 </column1>
      <column3> value3 </column3>
      ...
     <columnN> valueN </columnN>
   </table1>
</ROOT>
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is this ur desired result?
CREATE TABLE Table1 (
	Column1 VARCHAR(10),
	Column2 VARCHAR(10),
	Column3 VARCHAR(10),
	Column4 VARCHAR(10)
)
INSERT INTO Table1
SELECT 'Value1', 'Value2', 'Value3', 'Value4'
 
SELECT Column2 AS '@Column2', Column1, Column3, Column4
FROM Table1
FOR XML PATH ('Table1')

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by:howyue
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SELECT Column2 AS '@Column2', Column1, Column3, Column4
FROM Table1
FOR XML PATH ('Table1'), ROOT('ROOT')

use this one if u stil wan ur "ROOT"
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by:Mark Wills
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Try this little test - it does create a table for the purposes of the test...

create table tst_xml (column1 varchar(20),column2 varchar(20),column3 varchar(20),columnN varchar(20))
insert tst_xml values ('column1_R1','column2_R1','column3_R1','columnN_R1')
insert tst_xml values ('column1_R2','column2_R2','column3_R2','columnN_R2')
insert tst_xml values ('column1_R3','column2_R3','column3_R3','columnN_R3')
 
-- now do the 'for XML'
select column2 as '@column2',column1,column3,columnN from tst_xml for xml path('table1'),root('root')

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