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Built-in Functions - Text and Image Functions

Posted By: Venkat     Posted Date: April 13, 2010    Points: 2   Category :Sql Server
 
Text and image functions operate on TEXT, NTEXT and IMAGE data types. These data types are deprecated with SQL Server 2005 and should be replaced by VARCHAR(MAX), NVARCHAR(MAX) and VARBINARY(MAX) when possible. Alternatively you can also consider storing large string values using XML data type. Text and image functions are nondeterministic.


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Built-in Functions - Text and Image Functions in SQL Server

  
Text and image functions operate on TEXT, NTEXT and IMAGE data types. These data types are deprecated with SQL Server 2005 and should be replaced by VARCHAR(MAX), NVARCHAR(MAX) and VARBINARY(MAX) when possible. Alternatively you can also consider storing large string values using XML data type. Text and image functions are nondeterministic.

Future versions of SQL Server will not support TEXT, NTEXT and IMAGE data types. Columns with TEXT / NTEXT data type do not support commonly used string functions such as LEN, LEFT, RIGHT, etc. Furthermore, due to the large size of TEXT data you''re likely to see performance issues if you store such data in the database. However, at times you can''t help but use the TEXT / NTEXT / IMAGE data types (for example when supporting 3rd party databases when you cannot change the schema) - this is when text and image functions come in handy.

Built-In Functions Fundamentals

  
While your primary job as a database developer consists of creating lists, probably your second most important job is to assist your users with the various assignments they must perform on your application. One way you can assist is to use functions that perform otherwise complex tasks. We introduced and described functions in the previous lesson. To assist your development with the different tasks of a database, Transact-SQL ships with various already created and tested functions. You just need to be aware of these functions, their syntax, and the results they produce.

Built-in Functions - Aggregate Functions

  
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Built-in Functions - Date and Time Functions

  
Date and time functions allow you to manipulate columns and variables with DATETIME and SMALLDATETIME data types.

Built-in Functions - String Functions

  
String functions let you extract various portions of character strings, change the case of strings, concatenate and reverse strings and perform many other types of manipulations. All built-in string functions are deterministic with the exception of CHARINDEX and PATINDEX

Insert value using Table Value Functions

  
a real gem in Sql Server 2008. mostly people still using Stored procedure may be they shifted to SQL Server but they are not using TVF right now.

Introduction to Functions

  
A function is a section of code that is used to perform an isolated assignment. Once it has performed its assignment, the function can be accessed to present its result(s).

In Transact-SQL, a function is considered an object. After creating the function object, it becomes part of a database. You can then execute it when necessary.

Date and Time Functions in SQLSERVER

  
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1 DATEPART Function
2 DATENAME Function
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4 GETDATE and GETUTCDATE Functions
5 DATEADD Functions
6 DATEDIFF Function
7 More SQL Server Functions

Cursor Functions

  
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User Defined Functions in Microsoft SQL Server

  
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Accessing Functions from a Class

  

Hello,

I am a PHP developer and am running into a lot of issues with C# and .NET. I would like to be able to do the following in C#. (i'm not sure if it should be done this way though)

C# File:


using System;
using System.Data.Odbc;
using System.Data;
using System.Configuration;

partial class site_functions : System.Web.UI.Page
{

protected void Main(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
open_database();
}

public static void open_database()
{
OdbcConnection myConn;
OdbcDataReader MyReader = null;
string strConnection = ConfigurationSettings.AppSettings["dbConnect"];

myConn = new OdbcConnection(strConnection);
myConn.Open();
}

public void close_database()
{
myConn.Close();
}

public void Read_Database()
{
//do something
}
}

---------------------------------------------------
.ASPX FILE

<%@ Page Language="C#" CodeFile="site-functions.cs" Inherits="site_functions" ContentType="text/html" ResponseEncoding="utf-8" %>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "
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