Returns the name of a column from a specified corresponding table identification number and column identification number.
Returns NULL on error or if a caller does not have permission to view the object.
In SQL Server 2008, a user can only view the metadata of securables that the user owns or on which the user has been granted permission. This means that metadata-emitting, built-in functions such as COL_NAME may return NULL if the user does not have any permission on the object. For more information, see Metadata Visibility Configuration and Troubleshooting Metadata Visibility.
The table_id and column_id parameters together produce a column name string.
For more information about obtaining table and column identification numbers, see OBJECT_ID (Transact-SQL).
The following example returns the name of the first column in the Employee table of the AdventureWorks2008R2 database.
USE AdventureWorks2008R2; GO SET NOCOUNT OFF; GO SELECT COL_NAME(OBJECT_ID('HumanResources.Employee'), 1) AS 'Column Name'; GO
Here is the result set.
Column Name ------------ BusinessEntityID (1 row(s) affected