SQL Server Is Not Case Sensitive!! (Traumatically Humbling Note To Self)

by Jon Davis 15. June 2009 22:29

I don't know if it's a good idea for me to post this. This is so humiliating and humbling that I'm scared that anyone who might actually read my blog would consider me genuinely, well, "one who rides the short bus". 

But SQL Server is not case sensitive. I didn't know that. I've been a web & app developer with SQL Server as my essential RDBMS for .. gosh, twelve years now. Yet, I've frequently used LOWER() and LIKE to try to nudge field/text comparisons to be case insensitive, yet this whole time I didn't need to. SQL is not C#.

This guy speaks my words precisely.


Down to detail. "I am officially retarded," indeed, that's exactly how I feel. Well maybe if more people would blog this then less of us would feel so awful.

How to make it case sensitive? Here's a sample: http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2007/04/30/case-sensitive-sql-query-search/

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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of jondavis.net have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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