Posts tagged "data types"

Variable Size Data Types and Memory Grants

Posted by Ami Levin on Tuesday, 08 May 2012

Yesterday, at our 118th Israeli SQL Server User Group Meeting, Adi Cohn delivered a session on common performance pitfalls. One of the issues he mentioned is something every DBA and database designer should be aware of. Many applications use overly large size limit for their variable data types. The reasoning in many cases is simply "Why not?" If you have a variable size column and you made the choice to use one of the VAR data types anyway, why limit the size? Even if you expect to have up to 300 characters in the 'comments' column for example, what is wrong with defining it as 3,000? it's just metadata, right? Wrong...

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