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next235
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Posted - 04/17/2013 :  08:44:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi

I want to search an XML column and return rows where the XML field contains the tag <Item Tr="12"> - what would be the easiest/best way to do this?

Many thanks in advance

James K
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Posted - 04/17/2013 :  08:50:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Probably the exist() method. See here for documentation and examples: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189869.aspx
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next235
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Posted - 04/17/2013 :  09:32:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
excuse me for being daft, but is there any chance you could give me a simple example? Basically I have a table which includes the colums DEFINITION which contains an XML definition and NAME, and I wish to return NAMES where the DEFINITION XML column contains <Item Tr="12">.

Thanks.
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James K
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Posted - 04/17/2013 :  09:49:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A simple example:
create table #tmp(name varchar(32), xmlCol xml);
insert into #tmp values
('a','<root><Item Tr="11"/></root>'),
('b','<root><Item Tr="12"/></root>');


select
	*
from
	#tmp
where
xmlCol.exist('//Item[@Tr="12"]') = 1;

drop table #tmp;
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