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 Sorting on SQL type Text

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Posted: 03/05/2009, 7:48 AM

I was shocked at how easy this was, so I had to share.
Let's say you have a field in your SQL database called "Description" and its datatype is Text.
If you use this in a grid, the sorter for that column will throw the following error at runtime: "The text, ntext, and image data types cannot be compared or sorted, except when using IS NULL or LIKE operator."
In CodeCharge, the solution is simple. Click on the sorter for the description field. Then under properties put the following (minus the quotes) in the Sort Order value: "Cast(Description AS Varchar(1000))"
This will, however, truncate the Description field but you probably shouldn't be displaying that much data in a grid anyways. Also, there will be a small performance hit since you are asking SQL to convert every one of the values in the grid, but it should only be noticable on large datasets.
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