Base/Data Types

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Variable Types for Embedded Base Database

Numeric Types

Name
Data type
No. of Bytes
Signed
Range
BOOLEAN
boolean
1
no
0 or 1
TINYINT
integer
1
no
0 to 255
SMALLINT
integer
2
yes
-215 to 215-1
INTEGER
integer
4
yes
-231 to 231-1
BIGINT
integer
8
yes
-263 to 263-1
NUMERIC
number
no limit
yes
(Max Scale, Max Precision )
Max Scale = unlimited
Max Precision = e(+/-)231
DECIMAL
decimal
no limit
yes
(Max Scale, Max Precision )
Max Scale = unlimited
Max Precision = e(+/-)231
REAL
real
4
yes
2-1074 to (2-2-52)* 21023
FLOAT
float
4
yes
2-1074 to (2-2-52)* 21023
DOUBLE
double
4
yes
2-1074 to (2-2-52)* 21023

2-1074 to (2-2-52)* 21023 could also be stated as 5e-324 to 1.7976931348623157e+308

Alphanumeric Types

Name
Data type
Max length
Description
LONGVARCHAR
text
2GB for 32 bit OS Stores up to the max number of characters indicated by user. It accepts any UTF 8 character.
CHAR
text(fix)
2GB for 32 bit OS Stores exactly the number of characters specified by user. Pads with trailing spaces for shorter strings. Accepts any UTF 8 character.
VARCHAR
text
2GB for 32 bit OS Stores up to the specified number of characters. No padding (Same as long var char).
VARCHAR_IGNORECASE
text
2GB for 32 bit OS Stores up the the specified number of characters. Comparisons are not case sensitive but stores capitals as you type them.

Binary Types

Name
Data type
Max length
Description
LONGVARBINARY
image
2GB for 32 bit OS Stores any array of bytes (images, sounds, etc). No validation required.
BINARY
binary (fix)
2GB for 32 bit OS Stores any array of bytes. No validation required.
VARBINARY
binary
2GB for 32 bit OS Stores any array of bytes. No validation required.

Date time

Name Description Format
Date Stores month, day and year information 1/1/99 to 1/1/9999
Time Stores hour, minute and second info Seconds since 1/1/1970
Timestamp Stores date and time information

Other Variable types

Name
Description
Other Stores serialized Java objects. User application must supply serialization routines.
Object Same
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