I use following script very often and I realized that I have never shared this script on this blog before. Creating Comma Separated Values (CSV) from Table Column is a very common task, and we all do this many times a day. Let us see the example that I use frequently and its output.
USE AdventureWorks GO -- Check Table Column SELECT Name FROM HumanResources.Shift GO -- Get CSV values SELECT SUBSTRING( (SELECT ',' + s.Name FROM HumanResources.Shift s ORDER BY s.Name FOR XML PATH('')),2,200000) AS CSV GO
I consider XML as the best solution in terms of code and performance. Further, as I totally prefer this option, I am not even including the linka to my other articles, where I have described other options.
Do you use any other method to resolve this issue? Can you find any significant difference in performance between these options? Please leave your comment here.
Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)