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Create Database Table Columns

A database Table column is represented in the UML Data Modeling Profile as an attribute with the <<column>> stereotype. For a selected Table, you can review the existing columns and create new columns, on the 'Columns' page of the Database Builder or on the 'Columns and Constraints' screen.

You can define column details directly on the list of columns on the 'Columns' tab. The changes are automatically saved as you complete each field. Some fields have certain restrictions on the data you can enter, as described here. The tab also contains a 'Properties' panel and a 'Notes' field, which are populated with the existing information on the selected column. Each new column that you create is automatically assigned a set of default values and added to the bottom of the list.





Design > Tools > Database Builder > Click on Table > Columns > Right-Click > Add new Column

Context Menu

In diagram, right-click on required Table | Features & Properties | Attributes | Columns | Right-Click | Add new Column

Keyboard Shortcuts

Select a table | F9 | Tab Key (to set input focus on the 'Columns' tab) | Ctrl+N

Create columns in a Table



See also


Overtype the default name with the appropriate column name text.


Click on the drop-down arrow and select the appropriate datatype for the column.

The available datatypes depend on the DBMS assigned to the parent Table.


(Optional) Some datatypes have a length component - for example, VARCHAR has a length that defines the number of characters that can be stored. If the datatype does not have a length component, this field is disabled.

If the field is available and if you need to define a number of characters, type the value here.


(Optional) Some datatypes have a scale component - for example, DECIMAL has a scale that defines the number of decimal places that can be held. If the datatype does not have a scale component, this field is disabled.

If the field is available and if you need to define a scale, type the value here.


Select the checkbox if the column is part of the Primary Key for this Table.

Primary Keys

Not Null

Select the checkbox if empty values are forbidden for this column.

The checkbox is disabled if the 'PK' checkbox is selected.


If required for display and documentation purposes, type in an alternative name for the field.

Initial Value

If required, type in a value that can be used as a default value for this column.


Type in any additional information necessary to document the column.

You can format the text using the Notes toolbar at the top of the field.

Notes Notes Toolbar

Column Properties

The appropriate properties for the Table's Database Management System automatically display in the Property panel (expand the Column (<name>) branch if they are not visible).



See also

Autonum (Startnum Increment)



SQL Server



Sybase ASA

Sybase ASE

Notes: If you require an automatic numbering sequence, set this property to True and, if necessary, define the start number and increment.



Notes: Set this additional property for auto numbering in DB2, to 'By Default' or 'Always'.



Notes: Set this property to True if you want to block replication.



Notes: Set this property to True or False to indicate if fields are zerofilled or not.



Notes: Set this property to True or False to indicate whether or not fields accept unsigned numbers.



Notes: Set this property to define the character semantics as 'None', 'Byte' or 'Char'.

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