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INF: Using Browse Mode in DB-Library


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft SQL Server Programmer's Toolkit, version 4.2


The following is information on using browse mode in DB-Library (DB-Lib):

  1. The table must have a Timestamp column, as follows:

          create table xxx (columnname datatype,
                            columnname datatype,
                            TIMESTAMP           )
  2. The table must have a unique index, and the following must be true:

    1. The index must be defined before any data is added.
    2. The definition of primary key with sp_primary key is not required.
  3. The SELECT statement must include the FOR BROWSE option.


The dbtabbrowse function indicates whether browse is permitted on a table. If the return value from dbtabbrowse is not 1 after the dbresults for the SELECT...FOR BROWSE, browse will not work. Check that the table has a unique index and that the Timestamp column contains non-null data.

SELECT * FROM... after data is added to the table should produce values in the Timestamp field even though no values were entered on the INSERT statement.

Additional query words: dblib

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Technology : kbSQLServSearch kbAudDeveloper kbSQLServPTK420

Last Reviewed: March 7, 1999
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