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SELECT or Query nodes in hierarchial or nested XML

July 13, 2011 22 comments

On this post I’ll show how to retrieve information from nested XML.

I’ve shown this with an example with 2 approaches/methods and it’s up to you what to chose based upon their performance. Here we go:


SET @xml=N'<Root>
	<orderHRD ID="101">
		<orderDTL ID="201">
		<orderDTL ID="202">
	<orderHRD ID="102">
		<orderDTL ID="203">
	<orderHRD ID="103">
		<orderDTL ID="204">
		<orderDTL ID="205">
		<orderDTL ID="206">

-- Method #1: Query nested XML nodes by traversing backward and forward.
-- Query Cost: 81%
	Tab.Col.value('../@ID', 'int') as OrderHDR_ID,
	Tab.Col.value('../custID[1]', 'int') as Cust_ID,
	Tab.Col.value('@ID', 'int') as OrderDTL_ID,
	Tab.Col.value('prodID[1]', 'int') as Prod_ID,
	Tab.Col.value('qty[1]', 'int') as QTY,
	Tab.Col.value('cost[1]', 'float') as Cost,
	Tab.Col.value('count(../orderDTL)', 'int') as Cust_Ord_Count
from @xml.nodes('/Root/orderHRD/orderDTL') Tab(Col)

-- Method #2: Query nested XML nodes by using CROSS APPLY on appropriate node.
-- Query Cost: 19%
	Tab.Col.value('@ID', 'int') as OrderHDR_ID,
	Tab.Col.value('custID[1]', 'int') as Cust_ID,
	Tab1.Col1.value('@ID', 'int') as OrderDTL_ID,
	Tab1.Col1.value('prodID[1]', 'int') as Prod_ID,
	Tab1.Col1.value('qty[1]', 'int') as QTY,
	Tab1.Col1.value('cost[1]', 'float') as Cost,
	Tab.Col.value('count(./orderDTL)', 'int') as Cust_Ord_Count
from @xml.nodes('/Root/orderHRD') as Tab(Col)
cross apply Tab.Col.nodes('orderDTL') as Tab1(Col1)

OrderHDR_ID Cust_ID OrderDTL_ID Prod_ID QTY Cost
101	    501	    201		1	5   25.12
101	    501	    202		2	3   30
102	    502	    203		11	12  140.78
103	    503	    204		6	8   60.35
103	    503	    205		9	2   10.5
103	    503	    206		10	6   120.89

Method #2 is much more effecient than first one. As 1st method uses forward-backward traversal approach. The 2nd method uses APPLY operator which gets Nodes information from a specific parent.

This topic was also discussed on MSDN TSQL’s forum few weeks back, link.

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