Colin Wübbena Colin Wübbena - 3 months ago 15
SQL Question

Read value from a complex XML structure using SQL Server

I am trying to read a value in a SQL Server query out of a XML structure from a column of datatype

ntext
.

This is the XML structure from which I want to extract
VALUE TO READ!!!
:

<PrinterProcessDef xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processdef" Id="3e62848d-040e-4f4c-a893-ed85a7b2878a" Type="PrinterProcess" ConfigId="c43792ed-1934-454b-a40f-5f4dfec933b0" Enabled="true" PCId="2837f136-028d-47ed-abdc-4103bedce1d2" Timestamp="2016-08-08T09:44:38.532415">
<Configs>
<Config xmlns:q1="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q1:PrinterProcessConfig" Id="c43792ed-1934-454b-a40f-5f4dfec933b0" />
<Config xmlns:q2="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q2:RecognizeActConfig" Id="b89a6fc2-5573-4034-978a-752c6c0de4cf">
<q2:Header DefaultRecognitionTechnology="OCR" DefaultOCRSettingsGuid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000">
</q2:Header>
<q2:Body>
<q2:AnchorDefs />
<q2:ZoneDefs />
<q2:TableDefs />
<q2:FaceLayouts>
</q2:FaceLayouts>
<q2:FaceSamples>
</q2:FaceSamples>
<q2:SampleDocument>
<MetaData xmlns="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/common" FileName="Test - Editor" MimeType="application/pdf" PageCount="1" SourceAppName="C:\Windows\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE" DocumentTitle="Test - Editor" PdfCreator="DocuWare Printer" />
<Data xmlns="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/common">!!!VALUE TO READ!!!</Data>
</q2:SampleDocument>
</q2:Body>
<q2:AllPagesRequired>false</q2:AllPagesRequired>
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q3="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q3:RecognizeActConfig" Id="db5b195d-79e4-4804-bd38-f4fc7e8d5a8d">
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q4="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q4:AddOverlayActConfig" Id="023aab08-c6e3-4f08-9d26-0175d1564ef2">
<q4:Overlays />
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q5="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q5:PrintActConfig" Id="4a4ec06a-8652-4777-84d2-53cb862b3328">
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q6="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q6:SignActConfig" Id="8c030961-e68e-4c2f-83f1-cac20f51d4d6">
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q7="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q7:EmailActConfig" Id="5dbd144b-5c33-407a-b638-e062f9045fb4">
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q8="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q8:IndexActConfig" Id="f2a70e07-d76e-4e82-9313-7c665df4c311">
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q10="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q10:StoreActConfig" Id="ff8aec66-608e-4dde-a4b6-de65ada39bb0">
</Config>
<Config xmlns:q11="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig" xsi:type="q11:NotifyUserActConfig" Id="7ffb0437-6b8c-4f5f-8f40-434f4a6d609a" />
</Configs>
<Activities>
</Activities>
</PrinterProcessDef>


And this is the SQL query I used:

SELECT
CAST([Table].[settings] as xml)
.value('declare namespace q2="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig";
(/PrinterProcessDef/Configs/Config[@xsi:type="q2:RecognizeActConfig"]/q2:Body/q2:SampleDocument/Data/text())[1]',
'varchar(max)')
FROM
[DB].[dbo].[Table]


All I get returned is a NULL and not hoped-for
VALUE TO READ!!!
.

What should I do to get the query working?

I also tried different versions without namespace declaration and others but I always get NULL.

Answer

All your elements have namespaces defined. You need declare and specify them according to definitions

SELECT CAST([Table].[settings] as xml).value(
   'declare namespace top="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processdef";
    declare namespace q2="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/workflow/processconfig";
    declare namespace nd="http://dev.docuware.com/settings/common";
    (/top:PrinterProcessDef/top:Configs/top:Config[@xsi:type="q2:RecognizeActConfig"]/q2:Body/q2:SampleDocument/nd:Data)[1]',  
        'varchar(max)')
FROM [DB].[dbo].[Table]
Comments