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SQL Server tables with JSON

We can indeed store json data as-is into a traditional Microsoft SQL Server database. The document hosted on Microsoft's site left a lot of questions and unknowns that I had to explore and experiment to figure out the right recipe for creating a table to store json, inserting the data as json and querying for the values of individual keys within the json. Here you go: 

--Create a table with an identity column and a nvarchat(max) column to store the individual json documents

create table dbo.logs (

    _id bigint primary key identity,

    json_log nvarchar(max)


--Add a constraint to the json_log column of the table to ensure that the table accepts only json as value to store

ALTER TABLE dbo.logs

ADD CONSTRAINT [json_log record should be formatted as JSON]

CHECK (ISJSON(json_log)=1);

--Insert json into the table

insert into dbo.logs values ('{"key": "value"}');

insert into dbo.logs values ('{"key": "value1"}');

--Query for all json values in the table

select * from logs;

--Query to get the specific value of a key in the json

select json_value(json_log, '$.key') from Logs l;

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