I have a client that asked me to look into a situation where they were
seeing different behavior with the same data and same sql on 2
The have some sql that was comparing a double to a varchar in a where
clause - something like this:
where (doubleCol > varcharCol and some other conditions) or
(doubleCol < varcharCol and some other conditions)
Let's take an example where the varcharCol has a string in like
'4.5000' and the doubleCol has 4.5.
On their 5.0.45 server this was working as 'expected' (i.e. the
comparisons in the where clause were false since they are numerically
equal). But on their 5.0.18 server the > clause was resolving to true.
I changed the query to cast both columns to binary, so the query now
where (cast(doubleCol as binary) > cast(varcharCol as binary) and some
other conditions) or
(cast(doubleCol as binary) < cast(varcharCol as binary) and
some other conditions)
And now on both servers the < clause of the query is resolving to true.
I know I can strip off the trailing zeros from the varchar, but there
must be a generic way to cast these so they compare properly as