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Breck Carter
Last modified: April 30, 1996
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Casting BLObs

The Watcom SQL cast function can be used to convert a long binary (BLOb or "Binary Large Object") column to char (string) format. This is helpful when a BLOb column is sometimes used to store binary data, and sometimes string data, and you need to show the string data in a PowerBuilder DataWindow.

It's a lot easier to code

   select cast ( column_name as char ) from table_name

than it is to call SelectBlob().

See also: User-Defined SQL Functions and Timeless Dates

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