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Default varchar length is 255, not 256. Why ?
Joined: Nov 05, 2000
Oct 21, 2007 20:50:00
I'm using openJPA with apache derby.
If I do not specify the actual width of the varchar field, it automatically
field to a varchar(255).
My question: why 255, and not 256 (since 256 is a power of two) ?
Joined: Sep 20, 2007
Oct 22, 2007 01:28:00
I'm guessing since the count is 0 based. 0-255 = 256 possible values.
Joined: Jun 01, 2007
Oct 22, 2007 06:40:00
The length of the varchar is stored as a byte by the RDBMS. This makes the possible range of 8-bit values 0-255.
It is sorta covered in the
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