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JDBC usage techniques for multi insert/update operations


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Hi,<br /><br />I have a scenario wherein I have the following xml format(simplified version)<br /><br /><student><br /><examHeader><br /> <examNo>EX123</examNo><br /> <examMajor>IndustrialChemistry</examMajor><br /> <studentNo>AS221</studentNo><br /> <status>submitted</status><br /></examHeader><br /><examDetails><br /> <Questionnaire><br /> <answers><br /> <answer><br /> <questionId>12</questionId><br /> <questionVersion>1</questionVersion><br /> <requestId>refnumber</requestId><br /> <response>Y</response><br /> <comment>Default</comment><br /> </answer><br /> </answers><br /></Questionnaire><br /><br /> <br />Now I need to update the header details into 1 table and the details content into multiple table for each question/answer combination.<br /><br />What would be the best way to achieve this ? interms of performance and also reusablilty wise ?<br /><br />I can think of an SQL execute component to perform this , but it would be a series of sql inserts as the tables have foreign key relationships.<br /><br />how do we extract the repeatable data and insert into database in an efficient way ?<br /><br />Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Level 9
Hi Senthil

You have two options:

1. Create a counter, and a loop in your orchestration. Loop through the rows in your XML, and on each iteration, perform the SQL statement you require. This can be a bit fiddly, but does work.

2. This pattern comes up often enough to warrant us having built a component to automate it. We have a component that does this in a single step - it's called "XML2SQL". You can download it here:


More info here:





Former Community Member
Hi Howard,

Thanks for the suggestions. I was planning to write a custom component which would perform the tricky multiple update inserts as the first option wouldnt really fit into the SOA paradigm.

Looks like you already have one.