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Hello Experts,
 I have a CSV file which holds questions and multiple choice information in the CSV file. I am trying to
create a page where I can read the data from this file and insert all the questions into the QUESTIONS table and 4 multiple choice options into the OPTIONS table.
 Please can someone help me in this.
 Your help is much appreciated.
 Regards
 Kay
Test1.xls
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by:Sander Stad
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There is standard functionality in SQL Server 2005 that lets you do this. it is called SSIS (SQL Server Integrated Services).
Look at this article from www.basejournal.nl to see how you can import data from your XLS or CVS file. Remember that you'd probably have to import the data for every table. So in your case you'd have to do this oncehe QUESTIONS and once for the OPTIONS table.
URL: http://www.databasejournal.com/features/mssql/article.php/3580216
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by:learningnet
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thanks sstad for the links

apparently i cannot use that way because this has to go in the admin section of the were a user can upload the questions into the DB

please see the tables format attached

thanks
Questions

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QuestionID	TestID	QuestionContent					QuestionNumber	

1		1	A passive background to a story provides	1

2		1	Which one of the following a location		2
 

Options

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OptionId	Option							OptionNumber	Correct QuestionId 

1		An incidental background and setting for the story	0	1	1	1

2		A background to the story that has significant		1	0	1	1

3		A small location set in a rural community 		2	0	1	1

4		A big location that impacts the story			3	0	1	1

5		The cell was a tiny room. It just containednd basin. 	0	0	2	1

6		Tom travelled his entire world in ten steps 		1	1	2	1

7		The cell was ten foot. Tom had been in prison for 	2	0	2	1

8		Tom had been in prison for two years			3	0	2	1

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I probably found something you can use. What you have to do is create an upload tool for your webpage. So if someone uploads the file(s) they are placed in a temp dir on your webserver.
You'd have to create a BULK INSERT to do this in SQL Server that will take care of the inserts into the tables.
Look at this article: http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2008/02/06/sql-server-import-csv-file-into-sql-server-using-bulk-insert-load-comma-delimited-file-into-sql-server/
So to be clear this is what you have to do:
  1. Create an upload tool in your webpage that uploads the csv file
  2. Create a stored procedure that has a parameter with the just uploaded file. In an server-side language you can return the value of the just submitted csv file back to you so you can give it to the stored procedure.
  3. Do this seperately for every table, so twice in your example. One for your questions table and one for your options table.

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