What is best way to get metadata?

Dear Experts,

To get metadata for a particular table within Java, I have been doing this:

    String s = "SELECT TOP 1 * FROM " + table_full_name; // just to get metadata
      Statement st = conn.createStatement();
      ResultSet rs = st.executeQuery(s);
      ResultSetMetaData rsmd = rs.getMetaData();
      int maxcol = rsmd.getColumnCount();
      for (int col = 1; col <= maxcol; col++)
        // process metadata

Is there a simpler, more direct method?  It seems awkward to have to select a row first...

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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
>> It seems awkward to have to select a row first...
Nevertheless that's the way to go I think.
Moreover, you don't call rs.next(), so I think you don't really select

zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
For simple JDBC like above, not that I know of but I'd be happy for someone else to correct me...

You could investigate Connection.getMetaData() but that returns a DatabaseMetaData object.
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From the Javadoc of PreparedStatement :

Retrieves a ResultSetMetaData object that contains information about the columns of the ResultSet object that will be returned when this PreparedStatement object is executed.
Because a PreparedStatement object is precompiled, it is possible to know about the ResultSet object that it will return without having to execute it. Consequently, it is possible to invoke the method getMetaData on a PreparedStatement object rather than waiting to execute it and then invoking the ResultSet.getMetaData method on the ResultSet object that is returned.


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BrianMc1958Author Commented:
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zzynxSoftware engineerCommented:
No split? :(
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