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SQL Server 2016 and JSON support

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    So I have some json and i need to get at bits of it in tsql to return rows of data to SSRS which can't read json.

    i have an onject that has a collection and i need to pull out the nth sub object from a collection where the index will chnage from call to call.

    i can get something like this to work:


    Select value
    from openjson( @ManifestJson , N'$.Stops[2].Packages' )

    but i can't seem to make the path a variabale , it seems to only work with a literal / constant string!

    declare @jkey nvarchar(2000)

    set @jkey = '''$.Stops['+ convert(nvarchar(10), @StopNumber-1)+ '].Packages'''

    Select value
    from openjson( @ManifestJson , @jkey )


    gives a syntax  error!

    anyone know how to make that work for me ??






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    in this case i do not think so.

    i need a *VERY* specific report layout for the company.

    but if power bi can make other general business reports it may be good for other cases.

    by the way i did find other syntax for tsql json that looks like it will do the trick.

    need to come back here later and post some info on what i did....

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    For now, your best bet is to write a little CLR UDF that wraps NewtonSoft.JSON 

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    For now, your best bet is to write a little CLR UDF that wraps NewtonSoft.JSON 

    i thought about that , but as i am getting the hang of how to use the support functions  i am finding that i can get it with the built in functions.

    json_value() , json_query()   openjson() and "with (  name type 'path')"

    are working very well for me now...

    also use of [key] =  is abit of a trick to learn,some places it's easy others not so much.

    if you have  a collection  of objects [key] can be used to pick the row you need, if you have an object [key] can select the "column" that looks like a row in sql.

    and you can combine queries so that openjson , select value  becomes the input to an outer openjson()  query.

    so  i now have a query that returns a set of rows that makes one call to fetch the json data and uses nested calls to pick out which member object of which collection.



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