Please start any new threads on our new site at We've got lots of great SQL Server experts to answer whatever question you can come up with.

Our new SQL Server Forums are live! Come on over! We've restricted the ability to create new threads on these forums.

SQL Server Forums
Profile | Active Topics | Members | Search | Forum FAQ
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 SQL Server 2000 Forums
 SQL Server Development (2000)
 Return a RS depending on other tables existence...
 Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  

Ask SQLTeam Question

0 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2001 :  13:02:41  Show Profile  Visit AskSQLTeam's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ante writes "Hi there,

This is my problem: I have one table with rows containing languanges and their languagecode (for example: English|en ... Swedish|sv ... and so on. Almost all languages of the world in fact.). Further more I have an unspecified number of tables that holds textrows in different languages. Theese tables are named according to the languagecode in my first table (example: texts_en ... texts_sv ... ).

Now I'm about to build a dynamic dropdown-/select-menu on a webpage, that only shall contain the languages that has a table named from that languagecode. For instance, if the tables texts_sv, texts_en and texts_ru exists, I want to loop through all the languages in the language-table, check if that language text-table exists, and only return a recordset with those languages that HAS a reffering text-table. I've tried building a stored procedure doing all this and returning what i want to my ASP-page, but with no luck...

I would really appreciate your help, and I hope the above text makes any sence at all? Thank you."


United Kingdom
12543 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2001 :  13:32:27  Show Profile  Visit nr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
sounds like you need dynamic sql.
I would have though you would go to the language table to get the name of the table to get the data from.

declare @tblname varchar(128), @cmd varchar(1000)
select @tblName = tablname from languagetable where language = 'sv'
set @cmd = 'select text from ' + @tblName + ' where stringid = x'
exec (@cmd)

You can put the results of many queries into a temp table for the final result set or build up a large union query in @cmd.

Cursors are useful if you don't know sql.
Go to Top of Page

Posting Yak Master

133 Posts

Posted - 08/24/2001 :  15:50:14  Show Profile  Visit aclarke's Homepage  Send aclarke an AOL message  Click to see aclarke's MSN Messenger address  Send aclarke a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
I guess I would have started out with a different schema but if it's too late for that:

select left(language, (len(language) - 3))
from LanguageTable
where right(name, 2) in (
select right(name, 2) from sysobjects where xtype='u' and name like 'texts___'

Or you could use sp_tables somehow I guess.

- Andrew.

Go to Top of Page
  Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
 Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
SQL Server Forums © 2000-2009 SQLTeam Publishing, LLC Go To Top Of Page
This page was generated in 0.02 seconds. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000