Using ArcGIS 10.0, is it possible to reorder the fields in a file geodatabase, and have the order persisted to the database?
We considered exporting to XML, and writing a parser to change the field order, then re-creating a new database from the XML. This seems like a laborious process.
Another idea is to import the existing field definitionss into Excel, re-order them, export to CSV, then write a Python script to create these fields in a new Geodatabase. Does a script like this exist, before we write it from scratch?
Unfortunately the ArcGIS Diagrammer doesn't seem to support field re-ordering.
Are there any scripts or hacks we could use to simplify this process?