How to obtain info about missing database elements


With missing database elements I mean a table that the app expects to be there and that isn't or a column that is expected to be in a table and that isn't. I'm using the ADO functionality to access a database and what I want to achieve is to provide detailed information if database access fails due to a missing element. Is it possible to provide detailed information, for instance to say that table <tablename> is missing in database <databasename>, or that column <columnname> is missing in table <tablename> in database <databasename>, or that <columnname> is missing in view <viewname> in database <databasename> ? If I'm able to provide this detailed information, often it will be much easier to establish a proper diagnose, will in turn will result in quicker resolution of herefore mentioned problems. Please try to be precise if you come up with suggestions or solutions.

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Ryan ChongConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi, to find whether a table exists in a database, you can use the ADOX library:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
   Dim cnn As ADODB.Connection
   Dim cat As ADOX.Catalog
   Dim tblTable As ADOX.Table
   Dim blnExists As Boolean
   Set cnn = New ADODB.Connection
   Set cat = New ADOX.Catalog
   cnn.ConnectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=c:\testbed\cremosa2k.mdb;Persist
Security Info=False"
   cat.ActiveConnection = cnn.ConnectionString
   For Each tblTable In cat.Tables
       If tblTable.Name = "MyTable" Then
           blnExists = True
           Exit For 'as we have found it
       End If
   Set cat.ActiveConnection = Nothing
   Set cat = Nothing
   Set cnn = Nothing
   MsgBox "Table : MyTable " & IIf(blnExists, "Exists", "Does Not Exist")
End Sub


Alternatively using Data Control

Data1.RecordSource = "Select * from Lead"
   For i = 1 To Data1.Database.TableDefs.Count
       List2.AddItem Data1.Database.TableDefs(i - 1).Name
   Next i

'Hope will help.

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I would use On Error Resume Next and then after calling the table or column check if error occurred.  You can do this once when opening the table or database so that you don't have to check it every time you read/write it.

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