Changing row data to comma delimited data

Can anyone help me out in converting below tables data to a defined format as below:

Table Data:

id     country         city
101    India           delhi
101    india           up
101    India           hp
102    US              NY
102    US              RG
103    China           AN
104    Japan           PP


id     country  city
101    India    delhi;up;hp
102    US       NY;RG
103    China    AN
104    Japan    PP

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asked Jun 25, 2010 at 09:11 AM in Default

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Vishal Singh
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@Vishal - you put "comma delimited" in the subject, but your output is semi-colon delimited...

...unless Kev got a bit carried away with the editing!

Jun 25, 2010 at 09:45 AM ThomasRushton ♦♦

not guilty! although that did thow me at first and I created a csv solution

Jun 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM Kev Riley ♦♦
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4 answers: sort voted first

You didn't state a SQL version, but here's one that works in 2005 onwards

declare @mytable table ( id int, country varchar(10), city varchar(10))

insert into @mytable select 101,'India','delhi' union select 101,'india','up' union select 101,'India','hp' union select 102,'US','NY' union select 102,'US','RG' union select 103,'China','AN' union select 104,'Japan','PP'

SELECT distinct ID, country, stuff ( ( SELECT '; ' +city FROM @mytable t1 where t1.ID = t2.ID FOR XML PATH ( '' ) ) , 1 , 2 , '' ) as cities from @mytable t2


ID          country    cities
101         India      delhi; hp; up
102         US         NY; RG
103         China      AN
104         Japan      PP
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answered Jun 25, 2010 at 09:37 AM

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you might want to change the "'; ' + city" to "';' + city", and the third "stuff" parameter from 2 to 1 to get the format that Vishal asked for. Apart from that, have a +1.

Jun 25, 2010 at 09:43 AM ThomasRushton ♦♦

Thomas: how picky, you wouldn't be a DBA would you! :)

Jun 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM Kev Riley ♦♦
  • for solution, +1 for pedantic comment :) Well done Thomas, how would he be exceptional if we didn't help him eh?!

Jun 25, 2010 at 11:14 AM Fatherjack ♦♦

@Kev - how did you guess? ;-)

@Jack - thank you, Father!

Jun 25, 2010 at 11:26 AM ThomasRushton ♦♦
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Kev's answer is excellent and Phil's reference provides you many options. If you want to consider those options in context of their effeciency, you may also want to read http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/61572/ by Jeff Moden. It lays out several options, but also discusses why and how efficiently they work.

Of course, in the end Jeff recommends something very similar Kev's answer as being most efficient most of the time, but it is well worth reading if you want to actually understand the options.

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answered Jun 25, 2010 at 03:38 PM

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Heh... you've just got to know I had to give that answer a +1. ;-) Thanks for the reference, Timothy.

Jun 30, 2010 at 03:38 PM Jeff Moden
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You might like to look at Anith Sen's comprehensive answer to this question on Simple-Talk at Concatenating Row Values in Transact-SQL

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answered Jun 25, 2010 at 11:28 AM

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Phil Factor
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Anith has a lot of great information in that and similar articles. I wish he'd get into the habit of doing some quantitative performance measurements, though.

Jun 30, 2010 at 03:42 PM Jeff Moden
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SELECT DISTINCT T1.ID,Country, REPLACE( ( SELECT DISTINCT T2.City + ',' AS 'data()' FROM TestQ AS T2 WHERE T2.ID = T1.ID FOR XML PATH('')) + '$', ',$', '' ) AS City FROM TestQ AS T1

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answered Jul 05, 2010 at 08:34 AM

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