Find the length of the longest text in a column

If you have a requirement to find out the longest text in a varchar, nvarchar or a text column, then here's how to do so:



SELECT MAX(DATALENGTH(title)) as TextLength FROM titles

In order to print the longest text in a descending order of the length of text, here's how to do so:



SELECT title, DATALENGTH(title) as TextLength FROM titles

group by title

order by TextLength desc

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1 comment:

Agustin Garzon said...

Useful post.