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Concatenate many rows into a single text string using SQL Server 2008

, 8 Mar 2012 CPOL
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Using COALESCE function - concatenate many rows into a single text string output in SQL Server.

The following code is used to concatenate many rows into a single text string with comma separated using SQL Server COALESCE function.

My table format is like this:


I need output like this:

"RAM, GURU, Sundar, Shyam, Inba, Kalai"

I use the following query:

DECLARE @Names VARCHAR(8000)  
SELECT @Names = COALESCE(@Names + ', ', '') + Name FROM People


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionThis is mostly... just... genius. PinmemberMember 15341609-Oct-14 7:50 
QuestionSELECT Query PinmemberKannan Karthikeyan6-Oct-14 11:16 
QuestionTo avoid the ", " at the beginning of the string PinmemberMember 101685651-Oct-13 0:47 
QuestionConcerned about the use of COALESCE vs a Case Function Pinmemberdalyteaching23-Aug-13 4:51 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberSk. Tajbir4-Feb-13 23:31 
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QuestionFor both sql server 2005 and 2008 PinmemberShawn02713-Mar-12 3:45 
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