Import data from XML variable into SQL Server 2008 r2 table

Posted on 2014-10-03
Last Modified: 2015-03-09
hI ,

im looking for Sql statement to import data from XML variable and dump into a table.
I only need data fro within the <Pption></Option> tags below.
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[tblUserMst](
      [UserID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
      [UserName] [varchar](500) NULL)
declare @input xml = '<OPTION value=bk12_info.shtml>ALEX</OPTION>
 <OPTION value=bk11_info.shtml>JOHN</OPTION>'
-------------OutPut -------
UserID     UserName
1               Alex
2               John

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Expert Comment

by:Shaun Kline
ID: 40359589
Something like this?
declare @input xml 
SET @input = '<OPTION value="bk12_info.shtml">ALEX</OPTION><OPTION value="bk11_info.shtml">JOHN</OPTION>'

SELECT ROW_NUMBER() OVER(ORDER BY x.value('.', 'varchar(50)')) AS ID, x.value('.', 'varchar(50)') AS Name
FROM @input.nodes('//OPTION') AS data(x)

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Expert Comment

by:Phillip Burton
ID: 40359636
insert into dbo.tblUserMst(UserName)
select Rows.n.value('.','nvarchar(100)')
from @input.nodes('/OPTION') Rows(n)

select * from dbo.tblUserMst

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Author Comment

ID: 40360512
Guys (Shaun, Phillip)

Both of your code works only if i have one Option node  like...
<Option  value="bk12_info.shtml>one</Option>.  [Works]

if there are multiple like
<Option  value="bk12_info.shtml>one</Option>
<Option  value="bk13_info.shtml>two</Option>

It throws error "XML parsing: line 1, character 50, A string literal was expected".
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Expert Comment

by:Shaun Kline
ID: 40360722
The value property needs to be enclosed in quotation marks, as it is in my example. The example you show only has the quotation mark on one side of the value property.

Author Comment

ID: 40362339
Shaun, Thanks for the the reply.
But in reality the xml i receive doesn't have value enclosed in quotation marks.  More over i donot need that value either.
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Accepted Solution

Phillip Burton earned 500 total points
ID: 40363141
I don't really understand your comment.

If you use this code:

truncate table dbo.tblUserMst
declare @input xml = '<Option value="bk12_info.shtml">one</Option><Option value="bk13_info.shtml">two</Option>'
insert into dbo.tblUserMst(UserName)
select Rows.n.value('.','nvarchar(100)')
from @input.nodes('/Option') Rows(n)
select * from dbo.tblUserMst

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You will get this answer

UserID   UserName
1             one
2             two

Do you not get the same result?
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Expert Comment

by:Shaun Kline
ID: 40363542
If your data is not coming with the properties of your XML node enclosed in quotation marks, then the XML is not well-formed and attempts to use it as XML will fail, unless you transform it into well-formed XML.

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