XML import to SQL Server 2005

Posted on 2008-10-22
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am tyring to create either a stored procedure in SQL Server 2005 or a VB application that I can call through command line that will import an xml file into SQL Server 2005.  I have hundreds of xml files to import and I was also provided with the Schema in an xsd file.  I have been able to generate the database tables based on the schema, but nothing I have tried works for importing the data.  Does anyone have working sample code for the Import?  Thank You.
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by:Sander Stad
ID: 22783532
Here is an article that can help you. It is a tutorial how to bulk load xml documents into a database. 
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Muhammad Kashif earned 500 total points
ID: 22784044
Following code will read From XML file and write to sql server.
    Public Sub Read_XML_File()

        Dim ds As New DataSet

        'Read File to Data Set


        Dim TableCounter As Integer = 0

        Dim dr As DataRow

        Dim dataTableXml As Data.DataTable

        Dim sqlCmd As String = ""

        Dim ColCounter As Integer = 0

        For TableCounter = 0 To ds.Tables.Count - 1

            dataTableXml = ds.Tables(TableCounter)

            For Each dr In dataTableXml.Rows

                sqlCmd = ""

                sqlCmd = "insert into [" & dataTableXml.TableName & "] ("

                For i As Integer = 0 To dataTableXml.Columns.Count - 1

                    sqlCmd = sqlCmd + dataTableXml.Columns(i).ColumnName.ToString() + ","


                sqlCmd = sqlCmd.Substring(0, sqlCmd.Length - 1) + ") values ("

                For x As Integer = 0 To dataTableXml.Columns.Count - 1

                    Dim d As System.DateTime

                    Dim isDate As Boolean

                    If (DateTime.TryParse(dr(x).ToString(), d)) Then    'Checks If the Column is of Type Date

                        isDate = True


                        isDate = False

                    End If

                    If (isDate) Then

                        sqlCmd = sqlCmd + "'" + Format(CDate(d.ToString), "dd/MMM/yyyy") + "',"

                    ElseIf InStr(dr(x).ToString, "'", CompareMethod.Text) <> 0 Then

                        sqlCmd = sqlCmd + "'" + dr(x).ToString().Replace("'", "''") + "',"


                        sqlCmd = sqlCmd + "'" + dr(x) + "',"

                    End If


                sqlCmd = sqlCmd.Substring(0, sqlCmd.Length - 1) + ");"

                'Now Insert Query is prepared

                'Run This query; Record will be inserted



    End Sub

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ID: 31509091
Thank you!! This worked great.

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