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Completely Reusable SQL Server/XML Generator !

This is a really simple way of grabbing the column details for all the user tables in a SQL Server database, and converting those details to XML. If you wanted to get a little creative, you could re-use this with XSL to create SQL and ASP templates for your apps.

Original Author: Brandon McPherson


The only real 'condition' is that you should have a default database set up in your connection.


I know this works in SQL Server 2000 and version 7.0, but I won't guarantee anything before that (I don't have copies of the system tables to check).


XML data outlining the column information for the tables in a database.


Private Sub Command1_Click()
  X = PrintMSHGrid(MSHFlexGrid1)
End Sub
Public Function PrintMSHGrid(ByVal GridToPrint As MSHFlexGrid) As Long
'This function retrieves data from MSHFlexGrid and prints it directly to the
'printer. It uses MyArray to store the distance between columns. The max number
'of columns is 50, but it can be increased if there is a need.
'Print information from mshflexgrid
  Dim MyRows, MyCols As Integer  'for-loop counters
  Dim MyText As String      'text to be printed
  Dim Titles As String      'column titles
  Dim Header As String      'page headers
  Dim MyLines As Integer     'number of lines for portrait/landscape
  Dim LLCount As Integer     'temporary line counter
  Dim MyArray(50) As Integer
  Screen.MousePointer = vbHourglass
  Titles = ""
  LLCount = 0
  Header = " - Page: "          'setup page header
  'get column headers
  For MyCols = 0 To GridToPrint.Cols - 1
    MyArray(MyCols) = Len(GridToPrint.ColHeaderCaption(0, MyCols)) + 15
    Titles = Titles & Space(15) & GridToPrint.ColHeaderCaption(0, MyCols)
  Next MyCols
  'setup printer
  Printer.Font.Size = 8          '8pts font size
  Printer.Font.Bold = True        'titles to be bold
  Printer.Font.Name = "Courier New"    'courier new font
  'determine whether to print landscape or portrait
  If (Len(MyText) > 120) Then       'landscape
    Printer.Orientation = vbPRORLandscape
    MyLines = 60
  Else                  'portrait
    Printer.Orientation = vbPRORPortrait
    MyLines = 85
  End If
  Printer.Print Header; Printer.Page
  Printer.Print Titles
  Printer.Font.Bold = False
  'get column/row values
  For MyRows = 1 To GridToPrint.Rows - 1
    MyText = ""
    GridToPrint.Row = MyRows
    For MyCols = 0 To GridToPrint.Cols - 1
      GridToPrint.Col = MyCols
        MyText = MyText & GridToPrint.Text & Space(MyArray(MyCols) - Len(GridToPrint.Text))
    Next MyCols
    LLCount = LLCount + 1
    If LLCount <= MyLines Then
      Printer.Print MyText
      Printer.Print Header; Printer.Page
      Printer.Print Titles
      Printer.Print MyText
      LLCount = 0
    End If
  Next MyRows
  Screen.MousePointer = vbNormal
End Function

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