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Data Dictionary from within SQL Server 2000


Data Dictionary from within SQL Server 2000

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Nice article Mindy, very informative.


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I have found this usefull already and have been using it a while. Good article on the subject.



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Nice article. I too tried this last year, but was a little ticked that I had to use a cursor to get this info. This should be queryable for all tables, but ...

Anyway, well written and a useful technique.

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Thanks for all your comments!

Mindy



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I saw your article only today.
It is very usefull, and practical.
I learned so many new things in your article.

Thanks, Keep it up.

Preethi

Cheers,
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Thankyou - this is exactly the answer I have been looking for!!



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Great idea. I usually find it better to use the information_schema views so I altered your stored procedure as follows

select
o.[table_name] as 'table_name',
c.ordinal_position as 'column_order',
c.[column_name] as 'column_name',
e.value as 'column_description',
C.DATA_TYPE as Type,
coalesce(numeric_precision,character_maximum_length,0) as Length,
coalesce(numeric_scale,0) as [Decimal Pos],
C.COLUMN_DEFAULT AS [Default]
from information_schema.tables o inner join information_schema.columns c on o.table_name =
c.table_name
left join ::FN_LISTEXTENDEDPROPERTY(N'MS_Description',
N'user',N'dbo',N'table', @table_name, N'column', null) e on c.column_name = e.objname
where o.table_name = @table_name

Thanks



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I've been exploring this topic for a few days and noticed that the system table sysproperties contained records identified as MS_Description with <Binary> data in the 'value' column. I wrote the following query which returns these records matched with their corresponding records in sysobjects and syscolumns:

SELECT TOP 100 PERCENT dbo.sysobjects.name AS [Table Name], dbo.syscolumns.name AS [Field Name], dbo.systypes.name AS [Data Type],
dbo.syscolumns.length,
dbo.syscolumns.prec AS [Precision], CONVERT(varchar(500), dbo.sysproperties.[value]) AS Description

FROM
dbo.sysobjects INNER JOIN
dbo.syscolumns ON dbo.sysobjects.id = dbo.syscolumns.id INNER JOIN
dbo.sysproperties ON dbo.syscolumns.id = dbo.sysproperties.id AND dbo.syscolumns.colid = dbo.sysproperties.smallid INNER JOIN
dbo.systypes ON dbo.syscolumns.xtype = dbo.systypes.xtype

GROUP BY dbo.sysobjects.name, dbo.syscolumns.colid, dbo.syscolumns.name, dbo.systypes.name, dbo.syscolumns.length, dbo.syscolumns.prec,
dbo.sysproperties.[value]

ORDER BY dbo.sysobjects.name, dbo.syscolumns.colid

I'm pretty new at this stuff, so my question is, is this any different than Mindy's solution or am I missing something?



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Article is cool, now i know how to query the data dictionary. However i have created my own SQL statement that i use with MS Query, where i cannot define stored procedures but just SQL statements. Here are two simple statements that queries 1. all tables, 2. all tables with all columns.

1. tables

SELECT sysobjects.name 'Table-name'
FROM sysobjects sysobjects
WHERE (sysobjects.type='U') AND (sysobjects.status>1)
ORDER BY sysobjects.name

2. tables with columns

SELECT sysobjects.name 'Table-name', syscolumns.name 'Column-name', syscolumns.length, syscolumns.xprec, syscolumns.xscale, syscolumns.colid, syscolumns.bitpos, syscolumns.isnullable
FROM syscolumns syscolumns, sysobjects sysobjects
WHERE (sysobjects.type='U') AND (sysobjects.id=syscolumns.id)
ORDER BY sysobjects.name, syscolumns.colid

cheers, Peter



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