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How to get list of tables with display name and physical name?

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There are a few tedious ways to identify the physical table names and their corresponding display names in Great Plains using the interface, but I would like to be able to find the display name that corresponds to the physical name using a SQL query. That way I could use it with my query against the schema to display physical names, display names, and a list of columns and data types. I'm building an interface between GP and another system, and it would be nice not to have to use the Resource Descriptions, and determine the Product and Series before I can get the table associated with the display name. Great Plains, more like Great PAINS!

Thanks, supr
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by:suprslackr
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Aw, c'mon!

If nobody can answer my questions anymore, does that mean I'm an expert?    ;-)

supr
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by:Kevin Cross
ID: 22629026
Yes sorry, not familiar with the GREAT PLAINS data schema.

For SQL Server 2005, you can run a query against sysobjects and look for table names.

In my ERP system there is a metadata table that defines the domains of the application which represents things like Item for Item Master with information on the actual physical table IMA for example.  Check the listing of tables in GREAT PLAINS and see if something jumps out with keywords like data domains, metaXXXX, or try running SQL Profiler while application UI s loading and see if it runs any queries to map the presentation layer names to physical ones that you can pick up what table the mappings are being stored in.
-- http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms177596.aspx
select o.[name]
from sysobjects o
where o.xtype = 'U'

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by:suprslackr
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Hi mwvisa1,

Thanks for taking the time to look at this question. I have already tried using a query against sysobjects to find this information, with no luck.

I gave Profiler a shot, and I was able to find physical names and techical names, but no display names.

Furthermore I ran the atatched snippet as a SP against the DYNAMICS and individual company tables. I used this proc to search for some of the display names that are in the title bars of the GP windows, but it didn't find them!

The only thing I can think of at this time is that these must be hard-coded into the Dexterity source? This makes no sense to me whatsoever, but I'm completely stumped. I'm getting the feeling that there is no way to do this by the means I have available. I'll leave this question open for a few more days, but I think I'm going to have to do it the hard way.

Thanks again,

supr
CREATE PROC SearchAllTables
(
	@SearchStr nvarchar(100)
)
AS
BEGIN
 
	-- Copyright © 2002 Narayana Vyas Kondreddi. All rights reserved.
	-- Purpose: To search all columns of all tables for a given search string
	-- Written by: Narayana Vyas Kondreddi
	-- Site: http://vyaskn.tripod.com
	-- Tested on: SQL Server 7.0 and SQL Server 2000
	-- Date modified: 28th July 2002 22:50 GMT
 
 
	CREATE TABLE #Results (ColumnName nvarchar(370), ColumnValue nvarchar(3630))
 
	SET NOCOUNT ON
 
	DECLARE @TableName nvarchar(256), @ColumnName nvarchar(128), @SearchStr2 nvarchar(110)
	SET  @TableName = ''
	SET @SearchStr2 = QUOTENAME('%' + @SearchStr + '%','''')
 
	WHILE @TableName IS NOT NULL
	BEGIN
		SET @ColumnName = ''
		SET @TableName = 
		(
			SELECT MIN(QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME))
			FROM 	INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
			WHERE 		TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE TABLE'
				AND	QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME) > @TableName
				AND	OBJECTPROPERTY(
						OBJECT_ID(
							QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME)
							 ), 'IsMSShipped'
						       ) = 0
		)
 
		WHILE (@TableName IS NOT NULL) AND (@ColumnName IS NOT NULL)
		BEGIN
			SET @ColumnName =
			(
				SELECT MIN(QUOTENAME(COLUMN_NAME))
				FROM 	INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS
				WHERE 		TABLE_SCHEMA	= PARSENAME(@TableName, 2)
					AND	TABLE_NAME	= PARSENAME(@TableName, 1)
					AND	DATA_TYPE IN ('char', 'varchar', 'nchar', 'nvarchar')
					AND	QUOTENAME(COLUMN_NAME) > @ColumnName
			)
	
			IF @ColumnName IS NOT NULL
			BEGIN
				INSERT INTO #Results
				EXEC
				(
					'SELECT ''' + @TableName + '.' + @ColumnName + ''', LEFT(' + @ColumnName + ', 3630) 
					FROM ' + @TableName + ' (NOLOCK) ' +
					' WHERE ' + @ColumnName + ' LIKE ' + @SearchStr2
				)
			END
		END	
	END
 
	SELECT ColumnName, ColumnValue FROM #Results
END

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Kevin Cross earned 500 total points
ID: 22635944
Yes unfortunately, they may have hardcoded in the UI code. :(

If you can't find a reference table, maybe you can at least go through this exercise once creating your own reference table of physical to logical names and then use your metadata table going forward.

Best of luck to you.

Regards,
Kevin
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by:suprslackr
ID: 22668405
Thanks for your help, Kevin. I may go ahead and make a table that maps the names as you said. While it doesn't help me for my immediate problem (more of an annoyance, really), it may help in the future to make things go more smoothly.

While I didn't really get an answer for my question, I think the suggestion to try Profiler was a good one, and it was something I had not used before you suggested it. I'm goign to give you the points for trying, and for giving me some great tips to use from now on.

Thanks,
supr
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by:suprslackr
ID: 31504199
Thanks for your help, Kevin. I may go ahead and make a table that maps the names as you said. While it doesn't help me for my immediate problem (more of an annoyance, really), it may help in the future to make things go more smoothly.

While I didn't really get an answer for my question, I think the suggestion to try Profiler was a good one, and it was something I had not used before you suggested it. I'm goign to give you the points for trying, and for giving me some great tips to use from now on.

Thanks,
supr
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by:Kevin Cross
ID: 22668752
You are welcome and thank you.

Good luck!
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