Create Comma Separated List in SQL Server

Assume for a minute that you have a table with records that you want to quickly put into a comma separated file (fig. 1). You don’t want to create a Microsoft Integrated Service package like this. Rather you just need something quick. There is a really cool way to do this directly in a select statement in SQL 2005 and greater. It is called STUFF (you can read about it here).

commaseparatedvalues(Figure 1)

SELECT STUFF( (SELECT ', ' + job_code
               FROM [tablename]
               FOR XML PATH(''), TYPE).value('.', 'varchar(max)')
               ,1, 2, '')

This will produce one record that looks like this.

0002, 0004, 0005, 0006, 0008, 0011, 0017, 0018, 0020, 0023, 0027

Hope this helps someone like it helped me.

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