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What is the best type of SQL 2000 field to store an ACCESS memo field.

I keep reading that text(16) is the way to go, but you can not use a text varible in a stored proc.  

i.e.

CREATE PROCEDURE usp_someProc
(
      @Name varchar(50),
      @Description text(16),
      @CompanyID int
)
AS

What is the best pratice for a memo field?
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by:namasi_navaretnam
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varchar can hold upto 8000 chars. If you use text fields then you will need to use readtext function to read the text within sp.
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by:makman111
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not sure I am following your logic.  Do you have and example?
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by:namasi_navaretnam
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This is an example from help file.

USE pubs
GO
DECLARE @ptrval varbinary(16)
SELECT @ptrval = TEXTPTR(pr_info)
   FROM pub_info pr INNER JOIN publishers p
      ON pr.pub_id = p.pub_id
      AND p.pub_name = 'New Moon Books'
READTEXT pub_info.pr_info @ptrval 1 25
GO


You will find many more examples if you search google
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Anthony Perkins earned 750 total points
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The syntax is as follows:
CREATE PROCEDURE usp_someProc
(
     @Name varchar(50),
     @Description text,
     @CompanyID int
)
AS

Suggest you post the body of your stored procedure to see if a text column is the best solution.  The big question you need to ask:  Is there any chance the column will require more than 8000 bytes.

Anthony
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Thanks,
Anthony
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by:makman111
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I ended up answering my own question

Set objCmd = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Command")
            objCmd.ActiveConnection = objDB
      
            objCmd.CommandText = "usp_Edit_RequirementDetails"
            objCmd.CommandType = adCmdStoredProc
            objCmd.Parameters.Refresh
      
            objCmd.Parameters("@RequirementDescription").Value = sRequirementDescription
            objCmd.Parameters("@RequirementName").Value = sRequirementName
            objCmd.Parameters("@RequirementID").value = iRequirementID
            objCmd.Parameters("@CompanyID").value = Session("CompanyID")
      
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>objCmd.Parameters.Refresh<<
This should only be used when in development as it requires an extra roundtrip to the server.

Anthony
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by:makman111
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I posted that by mistake...

But I disagree with you.  the .refresh allows you to call a parameter by its keyword and not just it's position.  
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>the .refresh allows you to call a parameter by its keyword and not just it's position.<<
It does, but there is a performance hit for that convenience, that most shops would not tolerate.

Anthony
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by:makman111
ID: 9735234
true...

programer convience over preformance - "the microsoft way = just add more memory"

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by:Anthony Perkins
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This article lists some of the perils of the Parameters Refresh method:
HOWTO: Refresh ADO Parameters Collection for a Stored Procedure
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;174223

Anthony
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