Solved

SQL - As [Text()] Syntax?

Posted on 2014-02-21
7
179 Views
Last Modified: 2014-02-24
I'm working on a project using SQL Report Builder 3.0 and using Stored Procedures. The following address displays having line-breaks as it should. I don't notice any difference including 'as [text()]' or not.

Okay, what does 'as [text()] do?

SUBSTRING
((
SELECT companyName + char(10) + address1 + char(10) + address2 as [text()]
FROM Addresses
For XML PATH(''), elements),1,200) as [Mailing_Address]
0
Comment
Question by:WorknHardr
7 Comments
 
LVL 29

Accepted Solution

by:
Olaf Doschke earned 117 total points
ID: 39878445
It names the result column. No more, no less.

Bye, Olaf.
0
 

Author Comment

by:WorknHardr
ID: 39878455
Can you explain more...
0
 
LVL 34

Assisted Solution

by:Brian Crowe
Brian Crowe earned 117 total points
ID: 39878684
It creates an alias for the column.  In this case your column will be called "text()".  The brackets around it are delimiters that allow you to include characters that would otherwise cause a syntax error like a space or parentheses.
0
Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

 

Author Comment

by:WorknHardr
ID: 39878687
I thought it had something to do with SQL Report Builder 3.0... Just a guess...
0
 
LVL 40

Assisted Solution

by:Sharath
Sharath earned 116 total points
ID: 39881208
It is just a column alias. You can execute the query in SSMS and observe the column alias as text().
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:WorknHardr
ID: 39883178
Cool, thx...
0
 
LVL 29

Expert Comment

by:Olaf Doschke
ID: 39884832
Naming/Aliasing a column that way may be part of trickery with coe evaluating something, but on the SQL level it simply gives the column name for the expression companyName + char(10) + address1 + char(10) + address2. Without it, the field would be named expr_1, for example, or whatever automatic name would be given.

It's not even specifying the field type TEXT, tha would need a CONVERT or CAST.

Bye, Olaf.
0

Featured Post

VMware Disaster Recovery and Data Protection

In this expert guide, you’ll learn about the components of a Modern Data Center. You will use cases for the value-added capabilities of Veeam®, including combining backup and replication for VMware disaster recovery and using replication for data center migration.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Having an SQL database can be a big investment for a small company. Hardware, setup and of course, the price of software all add up to a big bill that some companies may not be able to absorb.  Luckily, there is a free version SQL Express, but does …
JSON is being used more and more, besides XML, and you surely wanted to parse the data out into SQL instead of doing it in some Javascript. The below function in SQL Server can do the job for you, returning a quick table with the parsed data.
Via a live example, show how to extract insert data into a SQL Server database table using the Import/Export option and Bulk Insert.
Via a live example, show how to backup a database, simulate a failure backup the tail of the database transaction log and perform the restore.

914 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now