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XML import to SQL Server 2005

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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
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Here is an article that can help you. It is a tutorial how to bulk load xml documents into a database.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms171806.aspx 
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Muhammad Kashif earned 500 total points
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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
        ds.ReadXml("FileName.xml")
 
        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() + ","
                Next
                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
                    Else
                        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("'", "''") + "',"
                    Else
                        sqlCmd = sqlCmd + "'" + dr(x) + "',"
                    End If
 
                Next
                sqlCmd = sqlCmd.Substring(0, sqlCmd.Length - 1) + ");"
                'Now Insert Query is prepared
                'Run This query; Record will be inserted
            Next
        Next
 
 
    End Sub

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by:epitches
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Thank you!! This worked great.
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