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Example: Querying XMLType Columns

The following query includes columns of xml type. The query retrieves product model ID, name, and manufacturing steps at the first location from the Instructions column of the xml type.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
GO
SELECT ProductModelID, Name,
   Instructions.query('
declare namespace MI="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2004/07/adventure-works/ProductModelManuInstructions"
   /MI:root/MI:Location[1]/MI:step
') 
FROM Production.ProductModel
FOR XML RAW ('ProductModelData')
GO

The following is the result. Note that the table stores manufacturing instructions for only some product models. The manufacturing steps are returned as subelements of the <ProductModelData> element in the result.

<ProductModelData ProductModelID="5" Name="HL Mountain Frame" />
<ProductModelData ProductModelID="6" Name="HL Road Frame" />
<ProductModelData ProductModelID="7" Name="HL Touring Frame">
    <MI:step> ... </MI:step>
    <MI:step> ... </MI:step>
 </ProductModelData>

If the query specifies a column name for the XML returned by the XQuery, as specified in the following SELECT statement, the manufacturing steps are wrapped in the element that has the specified name.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
GO
SELECT ProductModelID, Name,
   Instructions.query('
declare namespace MI="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2004/07/adventure-works/ProductModelManuInstructions"
   /MI:root/MI:Location[1]/MI:step
') as ManuSteps
FROM Production.ProductModel
FOR XML RAW ('ProductModelData')
go

This is the result:

<ProductModelData ProductModelID="5" Name="HL Mountain Frame" />
<ProductModelData ProductModelID="6" Name="HL Road Frame" />
<ProductModelData ProductModelID="7" Name="HL Touring Frame">
  <ManuSteps>
    <MI:step ... </MI:step>
    <MI:step ... </MI:step>
  </ManuSteps>
</ProductModelData>

The following query specifies the ELEMENTS directive. Therefore, the result returned is element-centric. The XSINIL option specified with the ELEMENTS directive returns the <ManuSteps> elements, even if the corresponding column in the rowset is NULL.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
GO
SELECT ProductModelID, Name,
   Instructions.query('
declare namespace MI="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2004/07/adventure-works/ProductModelManuInstructions"
   /MI:root/MI:Location[1]/MI:step
') as ManuSteps
FROM Production.ProductModel
FOR XML RAW ('ProductModelData'), root('MyRoot'), ELEMENTS XSINIL
go

This is the result:

<MyRoot xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
   ...
  <ProductModelData>
    <ProductModelID>6</ProductModelID>
    <Name>HL Road Frame</Name>
    <ManuSteps xsi:nil="true" />
  </ProductModelData>
  <ProductModelData>
    <ProductModelID>7</ProductModelID>
    <Name>HL Touring Frame</Name>
    <ManuSteps>
      <MI:step ... </MI:step>
      <MI:step ...</MI:step>
       ...
    </ManuSteps>
  </ProductModelData>
</MyRoot>

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