restructering a table within a delphi program

Posted on 1997-12-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-04

I need the following... I want to be able to add, remove, and edit fields (names, fieldsizes and fieldtypes) to a table in my program. I've tried using the tables fielddefs.add property and afterwards the createtable command. This works fine for adding fields, but this way existing date in the table is erased. I didn't find how I could remove a field from the table either.. Can anyone help me or at least point me in the right direction ?

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Here is a piece of code that adds a field to a specific table. You need to change the code to remove or change fields, but that works more or less in similar way:

This example will add a field to the end of an existing table.
NOTE: You must fill in all options in the ChangeRec with 0 or '' if the option is not used in the restructure. FillChar can be
used to do this: Fillchar(MyChangeRec, sizeof(MyChangeRec), 0);
This example uses the following input:
AddField(Table1, MyChangeRec);
ChangeRec is defind as follows:
ChangeRec = packed record
    szName: DBINAME;
    iType: byte;
    iSubType: byte;
    iLength: word;
    iPrecision: byte;
The function is defined as follows:
procedure AddField(Table: TTable; NewField: ChangeRec);
  Props: CURProps;
  hDb: hDBIDb;
  TableDesc: CRTblDesc;
  pFlds: pFLDDesc;
  pOp: pCROpType;
  B: byte;

  // Make sure the table is open exclusively so we can get the db handle...
  if Table.Active = False then
    raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened to restructure');
  if Table.Exclusive = False then
    raise EDatabaseError.Create('Table must be opened exclusively to restructure');

  // Get the table properties to determine table type...
  Check(DbiGetCursorProps(Table.Handle, Props));
  pFlds := AllocMem((Table.FieldCount + 1) * sizeof(FLDDesc));
  FillChar(pFlds^, (Table.FieldCount + 1) * sizeof(FLDDesc), 0);
  Check(DbiGetFieldDescs(Table.handle, pFlds));

  for B := 1 to Table.FieldCount do begin
    pFlds^.iFldNum := B;
    Inc(pFlds, 1);
    StrCopy(pFlds^.szName, NewField.szName);
    pFlds^.iFldType := NewField.iType;
    pFlds^.iSubType := NewField.iSubType;
    pFlds^.iUnits1  := NewField.iLength;
    pFlds^.iUnits2  := NewField.iPrecision;
    pFlds^.iFldNum  := Table.FieldCount + 1;
    Dec(pFlds, Table.FieldCount);

  pOp := AllocMem((Table.FieldCount + 1) * sizeof(CROpType));
  Inc(pOp, Table.FieldCount);
  pOp^ := crADD;
  Dec(pOp, Table.FieldCount);

  // Blank out the structure...
  FillChar(TableDesc, sizeof(TableDesc), 0);
  //  Get the database handle from the table's cursor handle...
  Check(DbiGetObjFromObj(hDBIObj(Table.Handle), objDATABASE, hDBIObj(hDb)));
  // Put the table name in the table descriptor...
  StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblName, Table.TableName);
  // Put the table type in the table descriptor...
  StrPCopy(TableDesc.szTblType, Props.szTableType);
  // Close the table so the restructure can complete...
  TableDesc.iFldCount := Table.FieldCount + 1;
  Tabledesc.pfldDesc := pFlds;
  TableDesc.pecrFldOp := pOp;
  // Call DbiDoRestructure...
    Check(DbiDoRestructure(hDb, 1, @TableDesc, nil, nil, nil, FALSE));

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