[erlang-questions] ODBC SQL_BIGINT type

Michael Uvarov freeakk@REDACTED
Sun Sep 8 15:57:53 CEST 2019

You can try my odbc fork

It has an option to return types and some unicode fixes.

It should work in Linux with mssql fine.

On Sun, 8 Sep 2019, 15:44 Ingela Andin, <ingela.andin@REDACTED> wrote:

> Hi!
> I did some maintaing of this code a long time ago. I know that one
> objectives of the erlang ODBC-client was to try and make it easy for Erlang
> code to access SQL databases and the Erlang user should only have to care
> about Erlang vs SQL-datatypes.  However not all ODBC-backends are truly
> transparent in this regard, so I am afraid  it fails in this respect. Also
> you can input a lot of backend specific strings which makes the code
> dependent on the backend, in which case you might as well use a backend
> specific client.  Also, as I remember it, the implementation was made for a
> specific purpose, for which it works, and never extended to be more
> compleate (no communicated demand for it). As you observed this application
> has not really been developed for the last 10 Years and there is no plans
> from OTP to devleop it further (we have no own use of it). So it is really
> up to Open Source users to contribute if they think it useful.  As long as
> it is included in OTP it is possible to make pullrequests.
> Regards Ingela Erlang/OTP team - Ericsson AB
> Den ons 4 sep. 2019 kl 08:59 skrev Jan Chochol <jan.chochol@REDACTED>:
>> Hi Tyson,
>> Reason for using SQL_C_CHAR as physical encoding for SQL_BIGINT is,
>> that there are not much better options.
>> You can use SQL_C_NUMERIC, but it will not help in your case (it is
>> still string containing digits plus some metainformation).
>> Reason for not using SQL_C_SBIGINT or SQL_C_UBIGINT is, that it is not
>> possible to found if SQL_BIGINT is signed, or unsigned, so it can lead
>> to situation, that some values could not be returned. And it also
>> requires ODBC 3.0, which is not supported by all drivers.
>> What can Erlang ODBC client do, is to encode returned SQL_C_CHAR to
>> number, but it can affect backward compatibility (it can be
>> implemented in configurable way).
>> From my point of view, problem is that Erlang ODBC implementation
>> tries to simplify interface too much, so it can not be used in some
>> situations.
>> Most problematic part is, that it does not return type information
>> about columns (there is 'odbc:describe_table/2', but it can not be
>> used in all cases for all requests), and different column types are
>> encode to same Erlang type (we had own problems with distinguishing
>> between SQL_WCHAR and SQL_CHAR).
>> I do not see any easy way to fix this - it would probably require
>> complete rewrite of Erlang ODBC client.
>> On the other way - other languages have also big problems with ODBC -
>> e.g. Perl DBD::ODBC has quite a lot problems with Unicode.
>> Regards,
>> Jan Chochol
>> On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 3:13 PM Tyson Buzza <tyson.buzza@REDACTED> wrote:
>> >
>> > Does anyone know why the ODBC SQL_BIGINT is implemented as SQL_C_CHAR?
>> There must be a reason for it, but this code is 10 years old so I'm not
>> sure who to ask. I'm wondering if the original reason would even be
>> relevant anymore.
>> >
>> > I'm currently writing an Ecto adapter using ODBC and this is making it
>> difficult. If you use a big int in your schema, Ecto expects an integer and
>> gets a string instead. Either way the solution is to create a cache holding
>> the type information and parse the string if a number is expected. I'm just
>> wondering if this can be fixed for other people with my problem in the
>> future.
>> >
>> > I'm talking about this file
>> https://github.com/erlang/otp/blob/master/lib/odbc/c_src/odbcserver.c
>> >
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