A few items of the table metadata
are available directly as values from the
A general parameter mechanism is provided for storing other items,
for instance user-defined ones.
method returns a list of
objects which contain a scalar or array value and some metadata describing it
Unified Content Descriptor).
This list can be read or altered as required.
StarTable interface also contains
to determine the shape of the table. Note however that for tables
with sequential-only access, it may not be possible to ascertain
the number of rows - in this case
getRowCount will return -1.
Random-access tables (see Section 2.3) will always return
a positive row count.