On Tue, Aug 29, 2006 at 12:22:07 +0200,
Franck Routier <franck(dot)routier(at)axege(dot)com> wrote:
> Bruno Wolff III a écrit :
> >On Mon, Aug 28, 2006 at 15:04:26 -0400,
> > Richmond Dyes <rdyes(at)monroehosp(dot)org> wrote:
> >>I know the difference between char and varchar is char is fixed length
> >>and varchar returns variable length. Which one should be used and why?
> >You normally want to use 'text' instead of either 'char' or 'varchar'.
> >Unless there is a business rule limiting the length of a string (and
> >not even then) you want to use 'text' as it is more flexible.
> But it is not 'standard' sql, so it won't be portable to other
> databases, if needed.
I didn't think of that until after I sent the message. I should have listed
portability as a reason to user char or varchar.
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