We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Combing ROW_NUMBER() and FOR XML

Last Modified: 2010-05-18

I am wondering the best way to go about this.  I need to shape data which is returned from SQL Server.  For example:

Return Customer
     Return Customer Orders
          Return Customer Order Items
Return Customer
     Return Customer Orders
          Return Customer Order Items
Return Customer
     Return Customer Orders
          Return Customer Order Items

So eachrecord of a customer also contains there related Orders and subsequently the related order items.

I have opted for the FOR XML AUTO,TYPE  and it is working great for me.  My question is as follows:

How can i combine the ROW_NUMBER() function with this FOR XML AUTO, TYPE,  so in one select statement I will end up with Customer, orders and order items of that customer, but i need to return this data for the customers who are on page 1 with page size of 10.  So 10 customer nodes with the related order and order item collections


Watch Question

This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
Mark WillsTopic Advisor, Page Editor
Distinguished Expert 2018

yep, momi_sabag's solution should work. I have one question - what defines "page 1" ?


StartingIndex and PageSize are supplied to the procedure.



Gain unlimited access to on-demand training courses with an Experts Exchange subscription.

Get Access
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Empower Your Career
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.