still, it's always better to use the features that were intended for that purpose, especially if they are standard sql, n'est-ce pas?
Originally Posted by daManual
Information schema views are based on catalog view definitions in the SQL-92 standard. They present the catalog information in a format that is independent of any catalog table implementation and therefore are not affected by changes in the underlying catalog tables. Applications that use these views are portable between heterogeneous SQL-92 compliant database systems.