Normally refers to a variable length string data type.

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Rich text: VARCHAR, TEXT or BLOB in MySQL

Question: In my web application (php/MySQL) I will be saving rich text. This may be anything from a couple words to several pages length essay. I’m sure I could get away with using VARCHAR, TEXT or ...
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Storage size for varchar length in Redshift

So, a lot of databases will store the length prefix for a varchar field in 1 byte if the length is less than 255, and 2 bytes if it is more. For example, the MySQL docs say: In contrast to CHAR, ...
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Shrinking VARCHAR with MODIFY: data alignment and potential for data loss

I'm using MODIFY to change (shrink) a number of VARCHAR fields of various lengths in various tables. In each case, the field is called ip and is a textual representation of an IPv4 or IPv6 address. To ...
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Can I use LongText instead of varchar

I want to store string like ...
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Does PostgreSQL have a variable character storage layer that optimizes storage space by automatic dedupe?

My application has a Product and a Purchased table. The Purchased table includes a full copy of the Product row at time of purchase, so that, even if a product name or description was changed, the ...
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Implicitly (or proxy) convert to Nvarchar on incoming queries from legacy or 3rd party applications

We have a 3rd party application of which we don't have the source code. This application executes queries on our database without using the "N" prefix before literal strings. It does this in inserts ...
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making everything varchar on purpose, though some fields should be int

I'm writing a PHP website for some clients which parses excel, stores the value in a database and then retrieves them. Some fields are only integers, but the clients can't make up their minds, they ...
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Ascii Symbols are Shown In varchar and Datetime Column Values of Mysql

Some rows in my database are shown in binary format. DateTime values are shown as below in Sqlyog. DC1203-68-58 51:18:72 Æ420-94-57 38:13:76 \722-49-30 63:17:35 ETB801-61-42 37:69:60 When i ...