XML performance tips

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Parsing data from XML using XQuery is a routine practice. In order to do this most effectively, little effort is required.

Suppose we need to parse data from the disk file with the following structure:

<table name="Accounting" schema="Production" object="Accounting">
<column name="Date" order="3" visible="1" />
<column name="DateFrom" order="5" visible="1" />
<column name="DateTo" order="6" visible="1" />
<column name="Description" order="4" visible="1" />
<column name="DocumentUID" order="1" visible="0" />
<column name="Number" order="2" visible="1" />
<column name="Warehouse" order="7" visible="1" />

Use BULK INSERT, if you need to read data from a file:

SELECT BulkColumn
FROM OPENROWSET(BULK 'D:\data.xml', SINGLE_BLOB) x sample xml file

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