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entering a text currency in database

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i was able to enter a text currency into an access database as text, but now i do not know what to define the field type as since i have moved to mysql...i have tried double and char ,neither worked

all that showed up was

$
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by:mrichmon
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you can use a decimal type and set the precision to the number of decimal places you want.

Then when outputting on your pages use #DollarFormat(fieldname)#

Here is more information on mapping data types from Access to MySQL :
http://www.fonlow.com/zijianhuang/dbconverter/mysql2access_matrix.html
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can you be more exact, i am using an insert statement, how can i insert a variable that is a text currency, how do i insert it , and what should i set the field type as

should i do a mid to strip out the $ sign
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In the MySQL database your field type should be decimal with a precision of 2.  This can be defined as decimal(18,2)

Then in the cold fusion code if you have a variable like this :

<cfset myvar = "$5.00">

You could save it to the database as Right(myvar, Len(myvar) - 1) which would take all of the characters after the $

If you had it in the page as 5.00 then you just write directly to the database.

And to display it on the screen you would do :

#DollarFormat(myquery.fieldname)#
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