getVersionColumns Method (SQLServerDatabaseMetaData)

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Retrieves a description of the columns of a table that is automatically updated when any value in a row is updated.


public java.sql.ResultSet getVersionColumns(java.lang.String catalog,  
                                            java.lang.String schema,  
                                            java.lang.String table)  



A String that contains the catalog name.


A String that contains the schema name pattern.


A String that contains the table name.

Return Value

A SQLServerResultSet object.




This getVersionColumns method is specified by the getVersionColumns method in the java.sql.DatabaseMetaData interface.

The result set returned by the getVersionColumns method will contain the following information:

Name Type Description
SCOPE short Not supported by the JDBC driver.
COLUMN_NAME String The column name.
DATA_TYPE short The SQL data type from java.sql.Types.
TYPE_NAME String The name of the data type.
COLUMN_SIZE int The precision of the column.
BUFFER_LENGTH int The length of the column in bytes.
DECIMAL_DIGITS short The scale of the column.
PSEUDO_COLUMN short Indicates if the column is a pseudo column. It can be one of the following values:

versionColumnUnknown (0)

versionColumnNotPseudo (1)

versionColumnPseudo (2)


For more information about the data returned by the getVersionColumns method, see "sp_datatype_info (Transact-SQL)" in SQL Server Books Online.


The following example demonstrates how to use the getVersionColumns method to return information about the columns that are automatically updated in the Person.Contact table in the sample database.

public static void executeGetVersionColumns(Connection con) {  
   try {  
      DatabaseMetaData dbmd = con.getMetaData();  
      ResultSet rs = dbmd.getVersionColumns("AdventureWorks", "Person", "Contact");  
      ResultSetMetaData rsmd = rs.getMetaData();  
      // Display the result set data.  
      int cols = rsmd.getColumnCount();  
      while( {  
         for (int i = 1; i <= cols; i++) {  
   catch (Exception e) {  

See Also

SQLServerDatabaseMetaData Methods
SQLServerDatabaseMetaData Members
SQLServerDatabaseMetaData Class