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VB.net SQL Distinguish between a table and a view

Posted on 2014-10-24
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Hi

Is it possible to distinguish between a table and a view programmatically?
What VB.net code would I use?
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Question by:Murray Brown
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No idea about a VB.net answer, but the T-SQL answer would be...
SELECT name, 
   CASE type 
      WHEN 'U' THEN 'Table' 
      WHEN 'V' THEN 'View' 
      ELSE 'Something Else' END as object_type
FROM sys.objects  
WHERE type IN ('U', 'V') 
   and name = 'object name goes here'

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by:Jim Horn
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{Potentially stupid question}  Why do you ask?
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by:Murray Brown
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Hi Jim
I have spent the last 3 years building an Excel add-in that is used to edit SQL data.
All the tables and views in a SQL database are loaded to a TreeView where the user
can manipulate them. When they  click on an item to edit I want the code to distinguish between a table and view
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Jacques Bourgeois (James Burger) earned 1000 total points
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You can execute the following SQL command against the system tables:

SELECT xtype FROM sysobjects WHERE name='YourObjectName'

The result will be U for a table (User Table) or V for a View.
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Thank you both
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