SQL Example of a cursor that queries all rows by index for each database

Example

Here, a cursor is used to loop through all databases.
Futhermore, a cursor from dynamic sql is used to query each database returned by the first cursor.
This is to demonstrate the connection-scope of a cursor.

DECLARE @db_name nvarchar(255)
DECLARE @sql nvarchar(MAX)

DECLARE @schema nvarchar(255) 
DECLARE @table nvarchar(255)
DECLARE @column nvarchar(255)




DECLARE db_cursor CURSOR FOR  
SELECT name FROM sys.databases 


OPEN db_cursor   
FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @db_name    

WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0   
BEGIN   
    SET @sql = 'SELECT * FROM ' + QUOTENAME(@db_name) + '.information_schema.columns' 
    PRINT ''
    PRINT ''
    PRINT ''
    PRINT @sql 
    -- EXECUTE(@sql) 
    
    
    
    -- For each database 

    DECLARE @sqlstatement nvarchar(4000)
    --move declare cursor into sql to be executed
    SET @sqlstatement = 'DECLARE  columns_cursor CURSOR FOR SELECT TABLE_SCHEMA, TABLE_NAME, COLUMN_NAME FROM ' + QUOTENAME(@db_name) + '.information_schema.columns ORDER BY TABLE_SCHEMA, TABLE_NAME, ORDINAL_POSITION'



    EXEC sp_executesql @sqlstatement


    OPEN columns_cursor
    FETCH NEXT FROM columns_cursor
    INTO @schema, @table, @column 

    WHILE @@FETCH_STATUS = 0
    BEGIN
        PRINT @schema + '.' + @table + '.' + @column 
        --EXEC asp_DoSomethingStoredProc @UserId

    FETCH NEXT FROM columns_cursor --have to fetch again within loop
    INTO @schema, @table, @column 

    END
    CLOSE columns_cursor
    DEALLOCATE columns_cursor

    -- End for each database 
    
    
    
    
    
    FETCH NEXT FROM db_cursor INTO @db_name   
END   

CLOSE db_cursor   
DEALLOCATE db_cursor