Specifies the type of data being stored (string, date, numeric, etc).

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Column of generic/variable type?

In SQL, I would like to create a table which can contain generic data types. This types can change from every row. The solution I could come up to is: CREATE TABLE TagValue ( tag VARCHAR(64), ...
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Changing TEXT to VARCHAR

In a MySQL database (InnoDB) we have a table containing roughly 60.000.000 rows. One of the columns is of type text. Currently the longest entry has length 360 (found using SELECT MAX(LENGTH(value)) ...
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In MySQL, how to manually edit values of a BLOB column in few tuples?

In MySQL, how to manually edit values of a BLOB column in few tuples? For convenience of manual curation of database like this, should the column be created as BLOB or TEXT, or something else at the ...
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How to compare (in MySQL) a DATETIME value to a TIMESTAMP value?

I'm trying to understand how to compare a DATETIME value (ostensibly inserted as GMT) and a TIMESTAMP value (automatically generated at INSERT time). As I understand it, the DATETIME is set to ...
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What datatypes can cause “String or binary data would be truncated”?

What kind of datatypes can cause the "String or binary data would be truncated" error? Varchars and other strings are obvious, but what about the "binary data"? Can this include integers or datetimes? ...
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Adding a bool column; tracking untouched vs. false

[backstory] I have a simple database of our current Widget inventory. It averages just dozen columns across five or six tables, but has a huge number of records already. Some Widgets came with ...
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looping through a table type variable

I have a function that has one parameter of a table type, i want to loop through all the fields and return the column that has a null or empty value. CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION ...
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What kind of data type to use for numbering in the Harmonized System?

The harmonized system uses a numbering that shows the hierarchy between different items. Similar to bookkeeping ledger numbers. Here is an example: 01 LIVE ANIMALS 0103 swine, live 010310 Purebred ...
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define rating column in table?

Hi I am creating database for rating the items in my list but I want to ask what this if I have five stars rating how can I do it in database "rating" column should I use Int with check constraint or ...
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Why does Oracle store time in DATE column?

I have a table with a date column. I used JDBC to save a java.util.Date object into the table. When I run following query I get date aswell as a time value: select To_CHAR(departure_date,'DD-MM-YYYY ...
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Float datatype with 2 digits after decimal point

In SQL server float datatype does not display leading zeros after decimal point declare @num as float set @num=5.20 select @num will dispaly only 5.2 But i want it to display as 5.20 After a ...
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Writing SQL statement in sqlcmd to hide the milliseconds for column type of time

I have a table called testtable that have a column named expire_time of type [time] The problem is that when I type the following in sqlcmd: select * from testtable It will return the following: ...
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Inheritance discriminator column better int or varchar or enum?

What is the best practice for storing a discriminator column ? Does it make any difference ? Any pros/cons of using one over the other ? I am using MySql with Entity Framework but the question goes ...
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Initializing values to a custom data type

I have defined a custom data type which I need to use in my procedure. Give below is my data type. CREATE or REPLACE TYPE CUSTOM_DATATYPE AS object( chkinvpre VARCHAR2(100), orderid ...
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Oracle - how to reference to a field%TYPE using database links?

I have this database which includes a couple of schemas. Say I need to access schemaONE from schemaTWO. To do this, I have created a database link named "DB_ONE_LINK". I am able to access to ...
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Should numeric identifiers like serial numbers be stored as integers?

Many of our databases store numeric tracking codes (like serial numbers) as integers. There is little chance of these codes every getting alphabetic characters, but it still seems like an incorrect ...
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timeout on updating nvarchar(max) after converting datatype

I recently Upgraded to 2008 Enterprise and took the opportunity to change the biggest table in my db with the maintenance window. ran the following to change my ntext field ALTER TABLE ...
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Does a numeric field always use the same disk space?

When you have a numeric field in MySQL(MYISAM) (E.g. Integer) will it always use the same disk space, no matter what number is actually stored?
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What are commonly used database types? [closed]

There are a lot of database types. Can you list a list of the top classification of databases commonly found in schools and offices? Any help is appreciated. Hope to see compressed and summarized type ...
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work with json in oracle

Is there an easy way to work with JSON within Oracle? I have a stored procedure that I use to call web services quite often, JSON is a format that I am familiar with in web development context, but ...
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Suppressing the removal of trailing zeros in numeric data type in sql server

I initially declared the data type of the columns for some of the tables i am working on as "NUMERIC". cause of that, trailing zeros are being removed. Is there anyway to suppress this behavior? i ...
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Hints about Datatypes

I'm currently writing some style guides for a new project where we want to use Oracle for the first time in a extensive manor. I already wrote down some naming conventions for tables, columns, pk, ... ...
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Datetime Difference in MySQL when format is Varchar

I have two columns in a table: STOP and START, of type varchar. I want to have the difference between both columns, and I'm using : SELECT DATEDIFF(stop, start) AS difference from T1; It is ...
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Why aren't unsigned integer types available in the top database platforms?

Databases are usually very customizable with varying data types and custom lengths. It surprises me, as I try to look for the syntax to use unsigned int types that they are not available from neither ...
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What is the difference between int(8) and int(5) in mysql? [duplicate]

I found out, that if you have a field defined as INT(8) without ZEROFILL it will behave exactly as INT(5) in both cases the maximum value is −2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,647, from −(2^31) to 2^31 − 1 ...
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Recommended datatype fixed length in mysql

What's the best data type for store fix length data such as MD5 password 1f3870be274f6c49b3e31a0c6728957f HEX Ccolor f2a709 They don't need character sets. All in absolute [a-z0-9]{6} for color, ...
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What are performance benefits when using number type instead of using char/varchar?

From various posts, I have summarized about using number type instead of char/varchar for PK: If you choose char/varchar type for PK and your values are short (just some alpha numberic codes) then it ...