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Differences between Unicode Text and ASCII text file


Differences between Unicode Text and ASCII text file

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There is an option to script SQL's into Unicode or ASCII text file, but both are generating .sql files, I did not find any differences with generated files.

What are the differences between Unicode Text and ASCII text file?
What are the advantages?
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It's what you can't see that makes the difference... the following is a very good article on the subject...
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/Unicode.html

As a side bar, it took me about 2 minutes to find it on Google. ;-)

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What you should be able to see however is that the Unicode .sql file is about twice the size of the Ascii one.

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RBarryYoung (6/10/2009)
What you should be able to see however is that the Unicode .sql file is about twice the size of the Ascii one.


Any idea if SQL Server supports UTF-8?

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
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Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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That differences I knew, I am asking what is the differecne between Unicode & ASCII text file in SQL Server, both are generating .sql file and content also same. What are the advantages of Unicode text file over ASCII or vice versa in terms of SQL Server (.sql files)?
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jagadish_sds (6/10/2009)
That differences I knew, I am asking what is the differecne between Unicode & ASCII text file in SQL Server, both are generating .sql file and content also same. What are the advantages of Unicode text file over ASCII or vice versa in terms of SQL Server (.sql files)?


Uh huh... what are you using to examine the content with?

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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Jeff Moden (6/10/2009)
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What you should be able to see however is that the Unicode .sql file is about twice the size of the Ascii one.


Any idea if SQL Server supports UTF-8?

SQL Server? Nope.

Though oddly enough, SSMS does (for at least one case).

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Ascii only supports the ASCII character set. Unicode supports virtually every character set in the world.

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RBarryYoung (6/11/2009)
Jeff Moden (6/10/2009)
RBarryYoung (6/10/2009)
What you should be able to see however is that the Unicode .sql file is about twice the size of the Ascii one.


Any idea if SQL Server supports UTF-8?

SQL Server? Nope.

Though oddly enough, SSMS does (for at least one case).


Heh... found it in BOL. SQL Server supports Unicode 3.2 and that doesn't unclude the UTF-8 standard. Thanks for the confirmation, Barry.

--Jeff Moden

RBAR is pronounced ree-bar and is a Modenism for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
Stop thinking about what you want to do to a row... think, instead, of what you want to do to a column.
Although they tell us that they want it real bad, our primary goal is to ensure that we dont actually give it to them that way.
Although change is inevitable, change for the better is not.
Just because you can do something in PowerShell, doesnt mean you should. Wink

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