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VarChar(max)?!?

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Glad to see a clearer explanation from Simon, had a better understanding after that.

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vlad (8/11/2008)
this makes varchar(max) a special type ... necessitating special handling aka "workaround" for a bug, maybe ??


Nope. Implicit conversion can be a problem on just about any data type. Elimination of implicit conversion would be the only way to handle that, and implicit conversion has too many good uses to get rid of it because of people who don't learn how to handle it correctly.

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Nope. Implicit conversion can be a problem on just about any data type. Elimination of implicit conversion would be the only way to handle that, and implicit conversion has too many good uses to get rid of it because of people who don't learn how to handle it correctly.

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Despite the fact that implicit conversion maybe good or bad, varchar(max) is a not the same type as varchar(N), 0<=N<=8000 .. something to keep in mind!
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Hi Simon,
Thank for the explanation of the question.
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vlad (8/12/2008)
Nope. Implicit conversion can be a problem on just about any data type. Elimination of implicit conversion would be the only way to handle that, and implicit conversion has too many good uses to get rid of it because of people who don't learn how to handle it correctly.

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Despite the fact that implicit conversion maybe good or bad, varchar(max) is a not the same type as varchar(N), 0<=N<=8000 .. something to keep in mind!


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A real good explanation by Simon....Im quiet clear on this one..Thanks SimonSmile
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--Step 1
Declare @Str VarChar(max);
Set @Str=Replicate(cast('*'as varchar(MAX)) ,10000)
Print Len(@Str);

--Step 2
Declare @Str VarChar(max);
Set @Str=Replicate('*' ,10000)
Print Len(@Str);


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i m hardly got the difference between step 1 and step 2 ..please explain both ????

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nice to have a clear explanation.

Good question

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