Although I still do not know XML and XQuery as well as I’d like, I’m learning. 

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One of my favorite resources is Michael Rys blog.  For example, the July 13 posting is exceptionally good and will point you to many other valuable resources (    


In addition to Michael’s blog, you should look at this white paper that introduces XQuery support in SQL Server 2005 ( 


Let me know if this is of any value to you.