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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Thursday, November 25, 2010
SQL Server 2008: Using Hex Values in TSQL Scripts
I was updating several TSQL scripts today containing ARGB values and thinking (not for the first time) that it was a shame I couldn’t use the Hex values directly (eg 0xFFB40000) rather than converting to the harder to manage base10 integer equivalent (-4980736).
The SQL Server 2008 release updated the CONVERT() function to be able to do just that!
CONVERT(varbinary(4), '0xFFB40000', 1)
The last Style parameter governs the the conversion.
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