Re: Database Documentation Tools

Subject: Re: Database Documentation Tools
From: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
To: <WilliamFLawrence -at- eaton -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 06:34:06 -0800

On Mon, 17 Dec 2007 14:06:12 -0500, you wrote:

>Does anyone know of tools for documenting SQL Server databases? I'm
>looking for something that has at least semi-automatic functionality for
>documenting the tables. If it could actually flag when the table
>structure has changed or new tables have been added that would be even

I see a few tools on the web that can document the structure
and render hypertext reports for you. You may find something
for flagging changes to database structure, but you also may
end up having to create a custom report to automate that.

Web search terms: SQL Server self documenting

A lot of technology writers seem to be excited about putting
database object descriptions in extended attributes.
Whatever the value of these descriptions in your team's
databases, I do at least find tools for getting nice
hypertext reports on the structure. That's a pretty good
starting point for collecting the descriptions of the data,

Ned Bedinger
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