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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  13:59:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I have always used both of them alternatively (nchar or varchar datatype) for columns with text values but I would like to know if there are any difference between them.

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Posted - 10/11/2012 :  14:05:14  Show Profile  Visit tkizer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
nchar supports unicode data and is fixed width.

varchar doesn't support unicode data and is variable length.

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