Determine Table Names And Column Names At Runtime?


I was wondering if anyone has an idea of how we could find the table names and column names of the tables in our Sql server database at runtime/dynamically given our connection string? Please let me know.


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I'm new to this whole trigger 'thing', so forgive me if this question has been asked and answered a few times already.

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Im trying to get the column names from a database and display them in textboxes. someone has already helped me by tellnig me that i need to use the FillSchema command. Which works just fine and I can see only the colum names in a datagrid when i bind it to that.

The problem is that I do not know how to extract the name of a column and put it in to a textbox ?

does anybody know how I can fo this ?

Thanks a million


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