Hello , I am new at programming, and I need help with a simple VB.NET application I'm working on.

The trouble I'm having is, I need to populate a combobox with all the table names from one specific database, so that the user can select which database table to work with. once i select specific table from combobox.. the fields of table shd disply in list box.. how can i do this sir...??plz help me to solve this

Welcome sumas.
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To get the table names depends on your database. For MSSQL you can do

SELECT TABLE_NAME 
  FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
 WHERE TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE TABLE'

or

SELECT name from sys.tables

I think for MySQL it is

SELECT TABLE_NAME 
  FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
 WHERE TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE TABLE' AND TABLE_SCHEMA='dbName'

As I understand it, you're wondering how the actual .net code looks like? You're also not specifying what database you're using, but in my example below, I'm assuming Access, database located in c:\temp..

To have the combo box populated (cboTables), I would put the following code in the forms Load event (no fault handling, but you will need to insert that too, ie if the database does not exist etc) :

'Create a connection object using OleDB
Dim conn As New OleDb.OleDbConnection
'Create a connection string for an Access database
Dim strConnectionString ="Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\temp\Database1.accdb"

'Attach the connection string to the connection object
conn.ConnectionString = strConnectionString
'Open the connection
conn.Open()

'Create a DataTable object for holding database information
Dim schemaTable As DataTable = conn.GetOleDbSchemaTable(OleDbSchemaGuid.Tables, New Object() {Nothing, Nothing, Nothing, "TABLE"})

'Loop through the rows in the databases schema and retrieve table names and add them to the combo box
For Each dr As DataRow In schemaTable.Rows
   cboTables.Items.Add(dr.Item("TABLE_NAME"))
Next
Comments
Good call on using this type of method.

Hi

In addition to Sugmuffen's recommendation of using GetOleDbSchemaTable there is also the GetSchema method which works similarly and allows you to get all kinds of information about your tables, columns, indexes and views. The GetSchema method is part of the System.Data.Common.DBConnection object so is available for both OleDbConnection (Access) and SqlDbConnection (SQL Server) and I would assume also MySql if it inherits from DBConnection.

I wrote a tutorial on this which you may find useful. It demonstrates using the GetSchema method for OleDb so you can pass it any OleDb database (Access, Excel) and it will display, in a TreeView, all Tables, Columns, Indexes and Views. It uses classes to store the details so it would be fairly straightforward to take the code in the tutorial and use it in your project to populate your combo box with tables and listbox with fields for the selected table.

HTH

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