Using XMLElement and XMLForest I have created several XML "strings." In a final XMLElement select statement with XMLForest I want to concat the earlier strings within the output of the final statement, e.g.

Select xmlelement("FIRST STRING", xmlforest(cl1 "COL1", col2 "COL2"))
  into xmlstring1
  from table1
  where col1 = test;

Then a number of similar statements to get a number of XML strings and a final statement

select xmlelement("FINAL STRING", 
            xmlforest (col5 "COL5", 
                       col6 "COL6"||xmlstring1||col7 "COL7"||xmlstring2))
  into finalstring
  where . . .

Can concat be used within XMLElement or XMLForest in this way?

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That's a great question. If I understand correctly, what you are trying to do is combine two XML fragments into a single XML document.

I won't try to guess why you're doing this in separate SELECT statements, or why you would want to recombine using SQL instead of PL/SQL. But, here is a working example to do what I think you are trying to do.

  XMLSTRING1    xmlType;
  XMLSTRING2    xmlType;
  XMLSTRING3    xmlType;
  SELECT xmlElement("FIRST_STRING", xmlForest(ename "COL1", job "COL2"))
    INTO xmlString1
    FROM emp

  DBMS_OUTPUT.put_line( xmlString1.getStringVal() );
  SELECT xmlElement("SECOND_STRING", xmlForest(sal "COL1", mgr "COL2"))
    INTO xmlString2
    FROM emp

  DBMS_OUTPUT.put_line( xmlString2.getStringVal() );
  SELECT xmlElement( "THIRD_STRING", xmlString1, xmlString2 )
    INTO xmlString3
    FROM DUAL;    

  DBMS_OUTPUT.put_line( xmlString3.getStringVal() );


The first and second SELECT staements gather two XML fragments and the third statement uses XMLElement to combine them. I used DBMS_OUTPUT to display the intermediate results.

Hope that helps.

This was first published in August 2005

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