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Conversion failed when converting the varchar value 'bit' to data type bit.

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I have written the following Scaler-Valued function in SQL Sever 2005 that returns the data type of the specified column and the table. The function script is pasted in the Code sction. When I try to call the function using the follwing script:

DECLARE @DataType VARCHAR(25)
SET @DataType=cast(dbo.fnGetDataTypes('8520', 'ReleasedParts') as bit)
SELECT @DataType

I get the following error:

Conversion failed when converting the varchar value 'bit' to data type bit.

Can anyone please help as this is time critical,

Thank you


CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[fnGetDataTypes] (@ColumnName VARCHAR(50),@TableName VARCHAR(50))
RETURNS BIT
WITH EXECUTE AS CALLER
AS
BEGIN
	DECLARE @DataType VARCHAR(25)
	
SET @DataType=(SELECT
    st.name as UserType
FROM dbo.syscolumns c
INNER JOIN dbo.systypes st ON st.xusertype = c.xusertype
INNER JOIN dbo.systypes bt ON bt.xusertype = c.xtype
WHERE c.id = OBJECT_ID(@TableName) and c.name=@ColumnName
)
 
			
		 RETURN @DataType
END

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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
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CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[fnGetDataTypes] (@ColumnName VARCHAR(50),@TableName VARCHAR(50))
RETURNS VARCHAR(25) -------------- it should not be bit
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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your function returns a varchar, containing the name of the data type.
you try to "cast" that to bit cannot work...
DECLARE @DataType VARCHAR(25)
SET @DataType= dbo.fnGetDataTypes('8520', 'ReleasedParts')  
SELECT @DataType

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by:skaleem1
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I am sorry, the script that I am trying to use to call the function is:

DECLARE @DataType VARCHAR(25)
SET @DataType=dbo.fnGetDataTypes('8520', 'ReleasedParts')
SELECT @DataType

But I still get the same error:

Conversion failed when converting the varchar value 'bit' to data type bit.
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Aneesh Retnakaran earned 500 total points
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dID YOU SEE MY POST, YOUR FUNCTION IS TRYING TO RETURN A BIT VALUE, but the actual return type should be 'varchar'
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by:skaleem1
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Oh yes, that is a silly oversight on my part, thanks a lot Aneeshattingal.
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thanks again, I have given you the points
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