Your "harsh reply" may be justified. I should have been somewhat more diplomatic. However you say more than a million people are going to read this tome, astonishing, no really I will be absolutely astounded if a million people read that book.
Some may reference the book and here is where I should have been more sensitive, I automatically assure that referencing such a vast amount of data would only be done electronically, this may not be an option for some!
Still the viability of printing 1000s of pages via Access stikes me as using the wrong tool for the job. Anything lees than a professional printing solution would be the wrong tool!
I am mightily impressed that you did not resort to down voting the response
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Requirements in Software Development or in any industry might sometimes overcome
the basic understanding of what makes sense to you.
That it true to a limited extent.
1. That doesn't mean that the requirements are always right.
2. That doesn't mean that the requirements are always complete.
3 That doesn't mean that the requirement are always understood.
4 That doesn't mean that the requirements are always possible nor logical.
A professional developer must be willing and capable of recognizing when there is a flaw in the requirements and tell the business people what those are so together they can work towards a solution that meets the business needs.
And as a guess in terms of this posting, for what you posted, I would suppose that #2 in the above was the problem. Since presumably you already knew you needed to produce indivdiual pages in an electronic form and not just one massive single paper report.
At least I am hoping that is what your other post meant.
I have a problem with my application within Win server 2008
, when it is work well within Win server 2003
when I try to use my app with win_ser2008 get the following error message:
Server Error in '/yyy' Application.
ORA-00161: طول فرع الحركة 90 غير مشروع (العدد الأقصى المسموح64 )
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.
Exception Details: System.Data.OracleClient.OracleException: ORA-00161: طول فرع الحركة 90 غير مشروع (العدد الأقصى المسموح64 )
An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.
When I specify varchar(255), does SQL sever allocate  per cell? or does it allocate dynamically? If it statically allocate  bytes, then I don't see if there's much practical difference between char(255) and varchar(255) -- well, except varchar always store a one (or two) byte termination character internally.
If SQL server allocates 255 bytes when i specify varchar(255), then what about varchar(MAX)?
I did but not sure if I interpreted MSDN correctly. char [ ( n ) ]
Fixed-length, non-Unicode string data. n defines the string length and must be a value from 1 through 8,000. The storage size is n bytes. The ISO synonym for char is character.
varchar [ ( n | max ) ]
Variable-length, non-Unicode string data. n defines the string length and can be a value from 1 through 8,000. max indicates that the maximum storage size is 2^31-1 bytes (2 GB). The storage size is the actual length of the data entered + 2 bytes. The ISO synonyms for varchar are char varying or character varying.
varchar(255) --- this means SQL server will always allocate 255bytes? Or depending on actual values being inserted for a particular row?
If say row 1, "Name" = 25 bytes and row 2, "Name" = 225 bytes (say no other row longer than 225), then...
POSSIBILITY 1: SQL server always allocate 225 bytes (actual length of data, taken from row 2)
POSSIBILITY 2: SQL server always allocate 255 bytes for all rows as defined in column definition varchar(255)
POSSIBILITY 3: SQL Server allocate 25 bytes for row 1, and 225 bytes for row 2 (actual length of data vary from one row to the next)
My guess is - POSSIBILITY 3 is how SQL server actually behalves. This said, then why we bother specify varchar(n)? We should always specify varchar(MAX). Two reasons I can think of after a bit of digging...[^]
a. You cannot index anything varchar longer than 900 bytes
b. by MAX, you remove column max length validation provided for you at database level.
Allocation of storage is the primary difference, but it won't affect how you work with the data.
The main difference you'll have to deal with is in trailing SPACEs -- CHAR stores them, VARCHAR doesn't. Which can occasionally cause confusion, in that with VARCHAR 'BOB' and 'BOB ' will test equal and LEN report the same length; you'll want to use DATALENGTH for VARCHAR -- this sort of thing bit me again this week.
I think it's the opposite. CHAR don't store trailing termination char (2 bytes for SQL), varchar does.
I think I found the answer. With VARCHAR(MAX), you can't index the column and also you don't have length checks provided for you by default by database, that's why you should always use VARCHAR(n) as supposed to VARCHAR(MAX)
I think it's the opposite. CHAR don't store trailing termination char (2 bytes for SQL), varchar does
Not sure what that statement means.
The 'char' data type is fixed length. That means that there will ALWAYS be 255 characters. And the way normal APIs to databases handle that is that they pad shorter lengths with spaces. Pretty sure that is an ANSI requirement as well.
that's why you should always use VARCHAR(n) as supposed to VARCHAR(MAX)
Unless of course you know that you will be storing data larger than the largest integer value allowed for varchar(n).
CHAR(n) when lenght same for all/most rows.
In normal database design most columns will be varchar because
1. User data is almost always variable
2. Application data that is text almost always has a variable length.
I have a procedure that checks to see if a user added address exists in a remote database. If the address exists, the procedure retrieves the id and updates the local DB with that id. If it does not exist, the procedure adds the address to the remote database, retrieves the new id, and updates the local database with the new id. Unfortunately, without any apparent pattern some times several addresses are lumped together into one single new address id. Can someone give me a second pair of eyes on this procedure to see where it might be doing this? I am also open to improvements.
GO/****** Object: StoredProcedure [dbo].[usp_resolveAddressProblems] Script Date: 02/01/2013 09:51:58 ******/SET ANSI_NULLS ONGOSET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER ONGOSET NOCOUNT ON/****** Object: StoredProcedure [dbo].[usp_resolveAddressProblems] Script Date: 10/06/2009 12:41:21 ******/ALTERproc [dbo].[usp_resolveAddressProblems] (@servernamevarchar(100))
declare@intCaseIdintdeclare@remoteIdint = 0set@cursorString = 'declare myCursor cursor for select intAddressId, txtAddress, intCaseId from tbl_cdf_address where bitUserAdded = 1'exec(@cursorString)
fetch next from myCursor into@myAddId, @myAddress, @intCaseIdwhile@@FETCH_STATUS = 0begin
set@remoteId = 0set@query = N'select @remoteId = intAddressId from "' + @servername + '".depo.dbo.tbl_cdf_address where txtAddress = ''' + @myAddress + ''' and intCaseId = ' + CAST(@intCaseIdasvarchar(10))
exec sp_executesql @query, N'@remoteId int output', @remoteId output
if@remoteId != 0beginset@query = N'update tbl_cdf_observation set intAddressId = ' + cast(@remoteIdasvarchar(10)) + ' where intAddressId = ' + CAST(@myAddIdasvarchar(10)) + ' and intCaseId = ' + CAST(@intCaseIdasvarchar(10))
set@query = N'update tbl_cdf_inspectionNotes set intAddressId = ' + cast(@remoteIdasvarchar(10)) + ' where intAddressId = ' + CAST(@myAddIdasvarchar(10)) + ' and intCaseId = ' + CAST(@intCaseIdasvarchar(10))
print'Updated ' + @myAddressendelsebeginset@query = N'insert "' + @servername + '".depo.dbo.tbl_cdf_address (intCaseId, txtAddress, bitActive) values (' + CAST(@intCaseIdasvarchar(50)) + ',''' + @myAddress + ''',1)'exec(@query)
print'Added ' + @myAddress + ' to database.'goto get_address
endfetch next from myCursor into@myAddId, @myAddress, @intCaseIdendclose myCursor
set@query = N'delete tbl_cdf_address'exec(@query)
I have a field in the database that has credit card number in it. Bottom line, how can we encrypt this information using SQL SERVER? I need to encrypt it for a brief period of time, like 15 minutes, then the table is truncated.
Is there a way to check, before an insert if that particular order already exists in the table?
Yes; the primary key. That's the one that uniquely identifies a tupel/record. Hence, that's what you'd need to check. Most databases will do this automatic and throw an error if the record already exists.
if the process fails in the middle, and i want to start it again, if there are already some rows in the table, not to insert those.
Select a list of all primary key-values in the table, and skip those inserts.
Dude, if he is inserting from a file, then there is no primary key until it is inserted
Aah, good point. We don't show the Autoincrement-value to the user, so the user is using a combination of fields to uniquely identify a record. That used to be the primary-key, until we switched to artificial autoincrement-keys.
You're reading the file on a line to line basis? Don't want it in memory completely, because it'd have to be restarted completely if the process dies half way. It'd be an option to write the "current amount of processed records" to another file. If it crashes, read that file and see how many lines you can safely skip.
A transaction (as said below) is indeed the best idea
Also, it'd be wise to load the file in a separate table first, and move it from there to the required structure.
Wrap the process in a transaction. If it fails, it will get rolled back and the table will remain empty. At that point you can figure out what went wrong, take any remedial action and run the process again.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair. nils illegitimus carborundum
I was planning to put BEGIN TRANSACTION and COMMIT TRANSACTION, but what I am doing is reading from a file, inserting into the database, reading the next line and inserting into database. I have the insert statement in the C# page.