2 Transact-SQL Data Type Nuances

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SQL Server includes a wide variety of built-in data types—more, in fact, than most other major DBMSs. It supports a wealth of character, numeric, datetime, BLOB, and miscellaneous data types. It offers narrow types for small data and open-ended ones for large data. SQL Server character strings can range up to 8000 bytes, while its BLOB types can store up to 2GB. Numeric values range from single-byte unsigned integers up to signed floating point values with a precision of 53 places. ...

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