I'm finding a way to aggregate strings from different rows into a single row. I'm looking to do this in many different places, so having a function to facilitate this would be nice. I've tried solutions using COALESCE and FOR XML, but they just don't cut it for me.
String aggregation would do something like this:
id | Name Result: id | Names
-- - ---- -- - -----
1 | Matt 1 | Matt, Rocks
1 | Rocks 2 | Stylus
2 | Stylus
I've taken a look at CLR-defined aggregate functions as a replacement for COALESCE and FOR XML, but apparently SQL Azure does not support CLR-defined stuff, which is a pain for me because I know being able to use it would solve a whole lot of problems for me.
Is there any possible workaround, or similarly optimal method (which might not be as optimal as CLR, but hey I'll take what I can get) that I can use to aggregate my stuff?