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MS Access to Nested XML

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    MS Access to Nested XML

    Hi all,



    I have been attempting to convert a csv to nested json without luck, so my backup plan is to created a nested XML file from a MS Access table (containing the csv file).

    Please see the attached json file as a reference to what I want the XML to look like: test_json.txt

    Also, attached is the database table: test.zip

    Any help would be very much appreciated. I have tried stackoverflow and several other forums and have not had much success.

    Thanks in advance.

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    If Access export to XML won't produce desired structure, use code that writes to a text file.

    Also, review https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Fo...ned-xml-schema
    How to attach file: http://www.accessforums.net/showthread.php?t=70301 To provide db: copy, remove confidential data, run compact & repair, zip w/Windows Compression.

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    Why is it so important to export nested data (XML or JSON)?

    The table structure would easily export to Excel or a CSV file.
    Text file output hits a limit causing an error - see screenshot

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    My suggestion is (as before) to export to CSV then use a free online converter
    http://www.convertcsv.com/csv-to-json.htm or http://www.convertcsv.com/csv-to-xml.htm

    Attached are a JSON & XML file(zipped) created in a few seconds using the above.
    The output can be tweaked further so you should be able to obtain what you want

    Hope that helps
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    isladogs & Ajax, thanks for the replies.

    The file arrives to me in a csv text format (15-20 MB), without headers. My attempt to use Access is because the data has to enter into the db for other processing and I wanted to make it part of the workflow, along with the fact that it has headers at that point.

    The client has requested that the file replicate the json example I posted and I think the reason it is nested is because it isn't a simple flat transform from csv -> json; there are some summations that happen, along with groupings.

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    As I said before, the online converters should be able to created 'nested output' whether XML or JSON.
    However, you haven't explained why they need the exported file, whether XML or JSON.
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