Sql-server – the best way to save XML data to SQL Server

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Is there a direct route that is pretty straight forward? (i.e. can SQL Server read XML)

Or, is it best to parse the XML and just transfer it in the usual way via ADO.Net either as individual rows or perhaps a batch update?

I realize there may be solutions that involve large complex stored procs–while I'm not entirely opposed to this, I tend to prefer to have most of my business logic in the C# code. I have seen a solution using SQLXMLBulkLoad, but it seemed to require fairly complex SQL code.

For reference, I'll be working with about 100 rows at a time with about 50 small pieces of data for each (strings and ints). This will eventually become a daily batch job.

Any code snippets you can provide would be very much appreciated.

Best Answer

SQL Server 2005 and up have a datatype called "XML" which you can store XML in - untyped or typed with a XSD schema.

You can basically fill columns of type XML from an XML literal string, so you can easily just use a normal INSERT statement and fill the XML contents into that field.