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Stewart "Arturius" Campbell
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I got the first two and then had to guess about the varbinary(max) - I missed any reference to this when I researched the question but felt the other options were obviously wrong. A good question that certainly made me think. :-)
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demonfox (11/19/2012)
After reading the file table, I fell on varbinary(max) ..
need to read it again ..

thanks for the question..


I didn't see anything about that much either - it seems we are not alone on that failing...

The real problem here is that we asked to choose 3 options, but in fact one of the options we must not choose is correct. The question and its set of answer options are badly constructed, because although it is certainly true that FileTable is used in conjunction with FileStream when we select that option as one of the true ones we are told that we are wrong. That's utterly illogical, just plain crazy.

But it's good to see a question about this, because it's made me read up on it. So thanks for the question.

Tom

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L' Eomot Inversé (11/20/2012)
The real problem here is that we asked to choose 3 options, but in fact one of the options we must not choose is correct. The question and its set of answer options are badly constructed, because although it is certainly true that FileTable is used in conjunction with FileStream when we select that option as one of the true ones we are told that we are wrong. That's utterly illogical, just plain crazy.


The option that appears to be under contention is the one regarding FILESTREAM as a data type.
FILESTREAM is not a data type. It is a storage option, used with the VARBINARY(MAX) data type, as evidenced here.

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Stewart "Arturius" Campbell (11/20/2012)
L' Eomot Inversé (11/20/2012)
The real problem here is that we asked to choose 3 options, but in fact one of the options we must not choose is correct. The question and its set of answer options are badly constructed, because although it is certainly true that FileTable is used in conjunction with FileStream when we select that option as one of the true ones we are told that we are wrong. That's utterly illogical, just plain crazy.


The option that appears to be under contention is the one regarding FILESTREAM as a data type.
FILESTREAM is not a data type. It is a storage option, used with the VARBINARY(MAX) data type, as evidenced here.

It seems to be pretty normal to refer to varbinary(max) with the filestream attribute as a datatype. We shouldn't call it varbinary(max) without mentioning that it has the filestream attribute, because then we would be referring to a datatype with a limitation of 2Gbytes. "varbinary(max) with the filestream attribute" is a bit of a mouthful, MS (for example in the FileTable schema BoL page) uses "varbinary(max) filestream" for the type but that's still somewhat longer than just "filestream", which is probably why using just "filestream" to identify this type-attribute combination has become quite common. But yes, that's presumably why the question is as it is.

If someone wanted to be pendantic, perhaps they would say that the "correct" option is also wrong because it says "It is used in conjunction with the VARBINARY(MAX) datatype and FILESTREAM storage type" instead of "It is used in conjunction with the VARBINARY(MAX) with filestream attribute datatype" ("and the FILESTREAM storage type" is of course implied by the atrtribute). That of course would be ridiculous, but surely it's precisely the same level of pedanty suggested by the "not a data type" argument.

Tom

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demonfox (11/19/2012)
After reading the file table, I fell on varbinary(max) ..
need to read it again ..


+1 like many others

Thank you for the great question about this new feature. I haven't had much time to do any real research on all the new features of 2012, but this has given me the little push that I need to check this feature out.



Everything is awesome!
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same here
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demonfox (11/19/2012)
After reading the file table, I fell on varbinary(max) ..
need to read it again ..

thanks for the question..


Yep, me too. Sad I didn't get the point, but I learned two things today. :-)
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I did not squeeze into the 17 percent that got it right... But thanks for the challenge!
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Revenant (11/20/2012)
I did not squeeze into the 17 percent that got it right... But thanks for the challenge!


+1 - Only 16% right now.
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