tsql Statement to Select data From an xml file

Posted on 2013-11-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-27
I have an xml file which needs to be read by a sql statement.  
The result should be a list of values from the xml file.

Here is the xml file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
                   <Job>Team Leader</Job>
                   <Job>Software Developer</Job>
                <Job>Business Analyst</Job>

I am trying the following tsql.

ALTER PROCEDURE [dbo].[prc_readxmldata]


@XMLdata XML




SET @XMLdata =
'C:\Users\Dovberman\documents\visual studio 2012\Projects\StockProNew1\StockProNew1\Sample.xml'

SELECT t.value('(FirstName/text())[1]','nvarchar(120)')AS FirstName,

t.value('(LastName/text())[1]','nvarchar(120)')AS LastName,

t.value('(UserName/text())[1]','nvarchar(120)')AS UserName,

t.value('(Job/text())[1]','nvarchar(120)')AS Job


@XMLdata.nodes('/users/user')AS TempTable(t)


The stored proc compiles even though the t.value error is cannot find column t

The procedure executes and displays the header row,but does not display any data.

The return value is 0

How can I avoid the t.value error?

Question by:Dovberman
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Expert Comment

ID: 39668641
you have tried  changing

@XMLdata.nodes('/users/user')AS TempTable(t)

to this ?

@XMLdata.nodes('/users/user')AS t

Author Comment

ID: 39668711

This caused a compile error;

Msg 318, Level 15, State 0, Procedure prc_readxmldata, Line 34
The table (and its columns) returned by a table-valued method need to be aliased.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39669045
You have a procedure with an XML parameter, which then you assign inside the procedure with a string that actually is the path to the file. That doesn't make sense.

First you have to import that XML somehow inside sql and then you can deal with the xml parsing using the xml types. Here is a link that can be helpful:
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Author Comment

ID: 39669194
Thanks, I will try this.

I thought I could use the following process as described in:
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Zberteoc earned 500 total points
ID: 39669199
That is different. The xml file content is read and passes to the stored procedure as XML in the VB code and not in the SQL code.

Author Comment

ID: 39669266
Thanks for explaining.

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Thank you

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