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XML Reader - Import data from XML file to MSSQL table

, 23 Aug 2007 CPOL
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Import data from a bulky XML file to a MSSQL table.


This document describes a simple way of importing data from XML file to a MSSQL table. People involving in data coversion activities can easily use this application to convert their bulky MXL inputs.

Screenshot - Reader.jpg


The sample project can load an XML file and read it and show it in a data grid view. Then you can write dataset to a MSSQL table. In this article I am describing the way of writing the dataset to a MSSQL table. But you can write the dataset to any type of Databse table.

Using the code

The sample application uses ReadXml method of dataset to read a XML file.

Then you can save these data to a MSSQL data table.

SqlConnection myconnection = new SqlConnection();

SqlDataAdapter myda=new SqlDataAdapter();

myconnection.ConnectionString = "Data Source=DHANUSHKA\\SQLEXPRESS;Initial Catalog=mydb;Integrated Security=True";

string strsql = "INSERT INTO Data(name, age)VALUES(@name,@age)";


SqlCommand myinsertcommand = new SqlCommand(strsql, myconnection);

myinsertcommand.Parameters.Add("@name", SqlDbType.VarChar, 15, "name");

myinsertcommand.Parameters.Add("@age", SqlDbType.VarChar, 15, "age");

myda.InsertCommand = myinsertcommand;



When adding parameters to the insert command of data adapter @name and @age are tag names in XML file and "name" and "age" are column names in MSSQL data table.

Points of Interest

One of my friends asked me that he wants to import data from a bulky XML file to a MSSQL table. After few minutes of effort I came up with a nice simple application having few lines of code. And also my friend next to my block, Chamin, helped me on this.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Web Developer
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
I am Dhanushka Weedagama and I work at Pearson Lanka (pvt) Ltd as a senior software engineer.

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Comments and Discussions

GeneralXML Reader Pin
abdellaoui13-Aug-08 5:42
memberabdellaoui13-Aug-08 5:42 
Questionneed help in reading this type of xml schema. Pin
.Net Proffesional9-Oct-07 2:25
member.Net Proffesional9-Oct-07 2:25 
AnswerRe: need help in reading this type of xml schema. Pin
william01230-Oct-09 1:08
memberwilliam01230-Oct-09 1:08 
Hello Logesh,

I am in need of XML programmer. can you please send me your contact details so that i can get in touch with you.

Waiting for your reply.

QuestionXML File? Pin
Manjit Dosanjh25-Aug-07 1:07
memberManjit Dosanjh25-Aug-07 1:07 
AnswerRe: XML File? Pin
DhanuWeedagam26-Aug-07 18:38
memberDhanuWeedagam26-Aug-07 18:38 

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