dbdesc is a powerful tool to help you document your databases. It can produce detailed documents describing your databases.
With dbdesc you are not tied to a specified output format or fixed look, you are in control. dbdesc uses XSLT templates to transform a XML file that holds your database description to get the final documentation. Sample XSLT templates are included to get HTML, RTF and Word 2003 files.
Now dbdesc includes a built-in report engine and report viewer to easily browse database documentation. This report can be exported to PDF.
dbdesc has been designed to be integrated in your build process (can be launched from the command line) to ensure that your database documentation is always up to date.
Currently dbdesc supports the following databases:
- SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008, 2008 R2
- Microsoft Desktop Engine 2000 (MSDE) and SQL Server 2005/2008 Express editions
- MySQL 5.0
- Oracle 9 and above
- Microsoft Access 97 and above
Would you like to annotate your databases?
No problem. dbdesc includes a built-in SQL Server extended properties editor that allows you to manage extended properties as never before.
The editor allows you to manage descriptions of tables, views, stored procedures, UDF, assemblies, UDT's, parameters... Objects are grouped for easy navigation.
"DBDESC is absolutely fantastic. I went through about half a dozen alternatives before I found your version and it was the only one that did what we needed to get done. The extended properties extraction was the feature that gave this software the edge in my opinion. Absolutely fantastic implementation, fast, powerful and user friendly.
I have no reservations in recommending it to anyone who needs to document a SQL Server 05 database."Dennis Apelt
Intelligent Document Solutions