SELECT empid, firstname + N' ' + lastname AS fullname

Posted on 2015-02-07
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Is Query 1 the same as Query 2?

What is the role of N in Query 2?  Does it have something to do with using non-English characters in the last name?
Query 1:
SELECT empid, firstname + ' ' + lastname AS fullname
FROM HR.Employees;

Query 2:
SELECT empid, firstname + N' ' + lastname AS fullname
FROM HR.Employees;

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Question by:Mike Eghtebas
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Steve Wales earned 2000 total points
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The N is used for Unicode strings.

See this Knowledge Base article on the subject:


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