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Posted - 11/02/2012 :  14:50:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I need a tool to create schema for a new product, that would also generate the schema in sql server 2008 and generate data dictionary from the description of table and important fields.

I saw cube schema generation using BIDS in a video. is there something similar available in BIDS for a normal relational database (Not analysis services database cubes). If so, please point to an how to video or blog.

What is the best tool available in sql server 2008, BIDS or SSMS or third party free easy to use tool to generate data dictionary from the description of table and important fields?


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Posted - 11/02/2012 :  15:00:05  Show Profile  Visit robvolk's Homepage  Reply with Quote
List of data modeling tools: Some of them seem to be out of date.

Most of those should be able to reverse engineer a database and create a diagram. Data dictionary (table & column names plus data types) may be available but they mostly do diagrams. You can run SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS and other INFORMATION_SCHEMA views and get most of the detail for a data dictionary.

The best tools (or best known/regarded) are ErWin and ER/Studio, there are likely other good ones I've never used. Visio Professional edition can reverse engineer a SQL Server database and generate a diagram, I don't think it will do a data dictionary. I don't think any of them generate "descriptions", you'd have to add those yourself. They're not part of standard SQL Server structures, they'd be stored as extended properties and are entirely manual.
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