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Representing those of us who are still trying to catch up when it comes to T-SQL, I would like to say that this is a frustrating excercise, which is no fault of Sunil Chandurkar.

I wish SQL would be a little more strict than "smart" (look what I can pull out of a string and add :-)). I agree with several others in this conversation that would look negatively on depending on this type of implicit conversion.

I do appreciate the information! Thanks.
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pjdiller (3/25/2010)
Representing those of us who are still trying to catch up when it comes to T-SQL, I would like to say that this is a frustrating excercise, which is no fault of Sunil Chandurkar.

I wish SQL would be a little more strict than "smart" (look what I can pull out of a string and add :-)). I agree with several others in this conversation that would look negatively on depending on this type of implicit conversion.

I do appreciate the information! Thanks.

But, then again, the implicit conversion features let us create little gems like this:
Select 3*3e3+3e3/3ee3e,3e3e3e3e


Try to parse that manually before you copy/paste to SSMS.
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vk-kirov (3/25/2010)
Hugo Kornelis (3/25/2010)
' ' is converted to the value 0 (run SELECT CAST(' ' AS int); if you don't believe me).

This is very interesting because ISNUMERIC(' ') returns 0.
On the one hand, SQL Server doesn't consider whitespaces as numeric values; on the other hand, it converts whitespaces to zero integer values. This is a little bit strange :-)


This is consistent with the explanation though. It is not considered a numeric until is implicitly converted through a numeric operation with a numeric operand. So, ISNUMERIC(' ') will return 0, but ISNUMERIC(' ' + @a + 2) will return 1.
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john.arnott (3/25/2010)
But, then again, the implicit conversion features let us create little gems like this:
Select 3*3e3+3e3/3ee3e,3e3e3e3e


Try to parse that manually before you copy/paste to SSMS.
My eyes! The goggles do nothing!


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Hugo Kornelis (3/25/2010)
' ' is converted to the value 0 (run SELECT CAST(' ' AS int); if you don't believe me).

This is very interesting because ISNUMERIC(' ') returns 0.
On the one hand, SQL Server doesn't consider whitespaces as numeric values; on the other hand, it converts whitespaces to zero integer values. This is a little bit strange :-)


This is consistent with the explanation though. It is not considered a numeric until is implicitly converted through a numeric operation with a numeric operand. So, ISNUMERIC(' ') will return 0, but ISNUMERIC(' ' + @a + 2) will return 1.
No, it is not consistent. According to Books Online, "A return value of 1 indicates that expression can be converted to at least one of the numeric types". Since a space can, apparently, be converted at least to integer, ISNUMERIC should return 1.


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Hugo Kornelis (3/25/2010)
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' ' is converted to the value 0 (run SELECT CAST(' ' AS int); if you don't believe me).

This is very interesting because ISNUMERIC(' ') returns 0.
On the one hand, SQL Server doesn't consider whitespaces as numeric values; on the other hand, it converts whitespaces to zero integer values. This is a little bit strange :-)


This is consistent with the explanation though. It is not considered a numeric until is implicitly converted through a numeric operation with a numeric operand. So, ISNUMERIC(' ') will return 0, but ISNUMERIC(' ' + @a + 2) will return 1.
No, it is not consistent. According to Books Online, "A return value of 1 indicates that expression can be converted to at least one of the numeric types". Since a space can, apparently, be converted at least to integer, ISNUMERIC should return 1.


Hmmm. I guess what I am trying to say, is that the ' ' cannot be numeric on its own, but only when combined with a numeric operand. (A parasite, if you will.) So, I still contend that it is consistent to return 0 if there is no numeric operand combined with it.

That said, I think it is a bad idea to even allow this to happen in the first place.
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John Carlson-431129 (3/25/2010)
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Hugo Kornelis (3/25/2010)
' ' is converted to the value 0 (run SELECT CAST(' ' AS int); if you don't believe me).

This is very interesting because ISNUMERIC(' ') returns 0.
On the one hand, SQL Server doesn't consider whitespaces as numeric values; on the other hand, it converts whitespaces to zero integer values. This is a little bit strange :-)


This is consistent with the explanation though. It is not considered a numeric until is implicitly converted through a numeric operation with a numeric operand. So, ISNUMERIC(' ') will return 0, but ISNUMERIC(' ' + @a + 2) will return 1.
No, it is not consistent. According to Books Online, "A return value of 1 indicates that expression can be converted to at least one of the numeric types". Since a space can, apparently, be converted at least to integer, ISNUMERIC should return 1.


Hmmm. I guess what I am trying to say, is that the ' ' cannot be numeric on its own, but only when combined with a numeric operand. (A parasite, if you will.) So, I still contend that it is consistent to return 0 if there is no numeric operand combined with it.

That said, I think it is a bad idea to even allow this to happen in the first place.


But:

SELECT ISNUMERIC(CAST(' ' AS int))

returns 1, so the space can be cast/converted on its own to int (as we know) and, as Hugo says, ISNUMERIC(' ') should return 1 based on the BOL description. So the description doesn't match the behaviour, in this case.
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just let me say... wow. scary.
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Wouldn't it be fun if T-SQL were strongly typed?



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I LOVE implicit conversions! :-D

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