When you come to a new client, and have try to fix bugs or figure out how the system works, it helps to have some “forensice” SQL tools. Suppose you want to find all columns in a database, regardless of which table they are (and of course, show the table name in the query results). In my case, I was dealing with PickupDateTime, but the screen was showing two fields, a from and to date/time. So I wanted to look for all columns that start contain both “pickup” and “from” in that order.


Use MyDatabaseName
SELECT t.name AS table_name,
SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id) AS schema_name,
c.name AS column_name
FROM sys.tables AS t
INNER JOIN sys.columns c ON t.OBJECT_ID = c.OBJECT_ID
WHERE c.name LIKE '%pickup%from%'
ORDER BY schema_name, table_name;

Example code came from Dave Pinal’s SQL Blog.

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