This procedure retrieves the table name, table id, column or fieldname, data type, the length of the field in bytes, and the order in which the fields were created. I use it as a data source for my MS Access utility. I also use it to get needed project development info.
To use it immediately, copy and paste the following to SQL Server
Query Analyzer, choose the database you want to use and press Execute
SELECT SO.name as [Table],SO.id as [Table ID],SC.name AS
[Fieldname],Sc.xtype as [Storage Type],ST.name AS [Data
Type],SC.Length,colorder as [Order] FROM sysobjects SO INNER JOIN
syscolumns SC ON SO.id=SC.id LEFT JOIN systypes ST ON
SC.xtype=ST.xusertype WHERE SO.xtype='U' ORDER BY SO.name,SC.name
To use this for Access Data Projects, use this procedure in the RecordSource property of a form and run it. For example, place this code in your main form:
Dim frm as Form 'at the topmost (General) portion of the code
Private Sub cmdListFields_Click() 'based on a cmdListFields button in the
On Error GoTo ErrHandler
Dim strTable As String
Dim sQRY As String
Set frm = New Form_ListForm 'use the name of the form you created to
list the Recordset
strTable = InputBox("Please enter Table name: ", "Needs a Name",
If Len(strTable) > 0 Then
sQRY = "SELECT SO.Name as [Table],SO.id as [Table ID],SC.Name AS
sQRY = sQRY & "Sc.xtype as [Storage Type],ST.name AS [Type],"
sQRY = sQRY & "SC.Length,colorder as [Order] FROM sysobjects SO "
sQRY = sQRY & "INNER JOIN syscolumns SC ON SO.id=SC.id LEFT JOIN
systypes ST "
sQRY = sQRY & "ON SC.xtype=ST.xusertype WHERE SO.xtype='U' "
sQRY = sQRY & " AND SO.Name = '" & strTable
sQRY = sQRY & "' ORDER BY SC.name"
frm.RecordSource = sQRY
frm.Visible = True
MsgBox "No table name provided."
MsgBox "Error: " & Err.Description