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  1. Preface
  2. Using the Designer
  3. Working with Sources
  4. Working with Flat Files
  5. Working with Targets
  6. Mappings
  7. Mapplets
  8. Mapping Parameters and Variables
  9. Working with User-Defined Functions
  10. Using the Debugger
  11. Viewing Data Lineage
  12. Comparing Objects
  13. Managing Business Components
  14. Creating Cubes and Dimensions
  15. Using the Mapping Wizards
  16. POWERCENTERHELP
  17. Datatype Reference
  18. Configure the Web Browser

String Datatypes

String Datatypes

The transformation datatypes include the following string datatypes:
  • Nstring
  • Ntext
  • String
  • Text
Although the Nstring, Ntext, String, and Text datatypes support the same precision up to 104,857,600 characters, the Integration Service uses String to move string data from source to target and Text to move text data from source to target. Because some databases store text data differently than string data, the Integration Service needs to distinguish between the two types of character data. If the source qualifier displays String, set the target column to String. Likewise, if the source qualifier displays Text, set the target column to Text, Long, or Long Varchar, depending on the source database.
In general, the smaller string datatypes, such as Char and Varchar, display as String in the Source Qualifier, Lookup, and Stored Procedure transformations, while the larger text datatypes, such as Text, Long, and Long Varchar, display as Text in the Source Qualifier.
Use Nstring, Ntext, String, and Text interchangeably within transformations. However, in the Source Qualifier, Lookup, and Stored Procedure transformations, the target datatypes must match. The database drivers need to match the string datatypes with the transformation datatypes, so that the data passes accurately. For example, Nchar in a lookup table must match Nstring in the Lookup transformation.


Updated June 25, 2018