Oracle XMLQuery
Version 11.2.0.3

General Information
Note: XMLQuery returns query results as XML. XMLTable returns results as relation data.
 
Demo Setup
Table DDL CREATE TABLE person_data (
person_id   NUMBER(3),
person_data XMLTYPE);
Demo Data INSERT INTO person_data
(person_id, person_data)
VALUES
(1, XMLTYPE('<PDRecord>
     <PDName>Daniel Morgan</PDName>
     <PDDOB>12/1/1951</PDDOB>
     <PDEmail>damorgan@u.washington.edu</PDEmail>
 </PDRecord>')
);

INSERT INTO person_data
(person_id, person_data)
VALUES
(2, XMLTYPE('<PDRecord>
     <PDName>Taner Poder</PDName>
     <PDDOB>5/17/1949</PDDOB>
     <PDEmail>damorgan@u.washington.edu</PDEmail>
   </PDRecord>')
);

INSERT INTO person_data
(person_id, person_data)
VALUES
(3, XMLTYPE('<PDRecord>
     <PDName>Caleb Small</PDName>
     <PDDOB>1/1/1960</PDDOB>
     <PDEmail>damorgan@u.washington.edu</PDEmail>
 </PDRecord>')
);

COMMIT;

col person_data format a50

SELECT * FROM person_data;

set long 100000

SELECT * FROM person_data;
 
SELECT
Simple Query (with equals) SELECT <column_list>, XMLQuery (
'for $i IN <record_end_tag>
 where $i<item_end_tag> = <value>
 order by $i<item_end_tag>
 return $i<item_end_tag>
PASSING BY VALUE <xml_record_column>
RETURNING CONTENTS) <returning_column_alias>
FROM <table_name>;

Note: What is within the parentheses is case sensitive and you can not use Upper Case or InitCap for commands.
SELECT person_id, XMLQuery('for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName = "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;

SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName eq "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;
Greater Than SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName > "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;

SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName gt "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;
Greater Than Or Equal To SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName >= "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;

SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName ge "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;
Less Than SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName < "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;

SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName lt "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;
Less Than Or Equal To SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName >= "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;

SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName le "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;
Not Equals SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName != "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;

SELECT person_id, XMLQuery (
'for $i in /PDRecord
 where $i /PDName ne "Daniel Morgan"
 order by $i/PDName
 return $i/PDName'
passing by value person_data
RETURNING CONTENT) XMLData
FROM person_data;
Additional Syntax Elements
[ // div union <CastAs>
- >> * intersect <CastableAs>
+ and idiv <EOF>
| or mod <InstanceOf>
except is to <TreatAs>

Related Topics
DBMS_XMLGEN
XML Functions
XMLTable
XML Tables

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