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From Christoffer Hammarström (JIRA) <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DDLUTILS-108) Unicode text fields (NTEXT, NVARCHAR, and NCHAR) for MSSQL
Date Mon, 29 May 2006 13:51:30 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DDLUTILS-108?page=comments#action_12413715 ] 

Christoffer Hammarström commented on DDLUTILS-108:

By the way, on the mailing list you said:

"Most schemas that I have worked with, have used varchar instead of
nvarchar and rather set the database language to a specific value. So,
nvarchar would limit DdlUtils' usability even more. The only useful
solution would be the introduction of the notion of fully supported
unicode and non-unicode modes in DdlUtils."

I don't understand how always using N*-types would limit the usability of DdlUtils, given
that an N*-type can store everything a non-N*-type can, only using double the space?
Going a bit anecdotal, i myself prefer to always use (say) NVARCHAR over VARCHAR, as i don't
need to worry about the database not being able to store certain characters.

Are there any other arguments against always using NCHAR/NVARCHAR/NTEXT instead of their non

> Unicode text fields (NTEXT, NVARCHAR, and NCHAR) for MSSQL
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: DDLUTILS-108
>          URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DDLUTILS-108
>      Project: DdlUtils
>         Type: Improvement

>   Components: Core
>  Environment: Microsoft SQL Server
>     Reporter: Christoffer Hammarström
>     Assignee: Thomas Dudziak

> I need to be able to store (for example) the contents of http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/ucs/examples/UTF-8-demo.txt
in an NTEXT field in an SQL Server database generated with ddlutils.
> I'll try to make a patch.
> Hibernate does it using another "dialect", which is analogous to a ddlutils "platform",
if i understand correctly: http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DOC/MSSQL+Tips#MSSQLTips-MSSQLandUnicode.
> I'm thinking of two possibilites: either a new platform like hibernate called something
like "unicodemssql" (?), or some way to send a parameter into the MSSqlPlatform or MSSqlBuilder.

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