Is the [sysname] SQL Server System Data Type Alias Name Case-Insensitive?

(last updated: 2021-07-05 @ 14:00 EST / 2021-07-05 @ 18:00 UTC ) The sysname data type (in SQL Server) is a system-provided, though not built-in, alias for NVARCHAR(128). This alias is used for nearly all identifiers (i.e. names of tables, columns, indexes, databases, logins, etc.), starting in SQL Server 7.0 (for a full list of… Continue reading Is the [sysname] SQL Server System Data Type Alias Name Case-Insensitive?

SQL Server Collations: What does “CP1” mean in “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”?

(last updated: 2021-12-11 @ 18:00 EST / 2021-12-11 @ 23:00 UTC ) Many of us that work with Microsoft SQL Server, especially those of us working on systems with US English as the OS language, or anyone working with SQL Server Express LocalDB (commonly referred to as just “LocalDB”), have had to deal with the… Continue reading SQL Server Collations: What does “CP1” mean in “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”?

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Native UTF-8 Support in SQL Server 2019: Savior or False Prophet?

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Changing the Collation of the SQL Server Instance, the Databases, and All Columns in All User Databases: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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