Difference in JDBC results and Query Analyzer results

Tom Cole <tcole6@gmail.com>
Thu, 11 Sep 2008 15:45:45 -0700 (PDT)
We're using jTDS to connect to a backend SQL Server 2000 instance. The
connection is working fine.

What we want to do is write a utility that will calculate maximum row
size for each table in a given database. The script we're using looks
something like this:

Connection con = Connector.getConnection(); //this works fine and has
been verified...
String query = "SELECT * FROM " + table; //general query to get
metadata...table is provided as argument...
PreparedStatement st = con.prepareStatement(query);
ResultSet rs = st.executeQuery();
ResultSetMetaData meta = rs.getMetaData();
int cols = meta.getColumnCount();
String query2 = "SELECT MAX(LEN(?)) AS Maximum FROM " + table;
PreparedStatement st2 = con.prepareStatement(query2);
int totalSize = 0;
for (int i = 1; i <= cols; i++) {
    String colName = meta.getColumnName(i);
    st2.setString(1, colName);
    ResultSet rs2 = st2.executeQuery();
    if (rs2.next()) {
        int fieldSize = rs2.getLong("Maximum");
        totalSize += fieldSize;
        out.println("<blockquote>" + colName + ": " + fieldSize + "</
out.println("Maximum total row size = " + (totalSize));

When I run this application against a particular table, I get the
following results:

Getting metadata for table WF_Approval_Methods

id: 2
type: 4
name: 4
description: 11

Maximum total row size = 21

All would appear to be fine, with one big problem...When I run the
following query in Query Analyzer against the same table I get a
different value:

SELECT MAX(LEN(id)) AS Maximum FROM WF_Approval_Methods

returns a value


Every other value is also incorrect. When I run the queries in
succession I get the following values:

id: 36
type: 1
name: 8
description: 34

With a total of 79, much different than my generated total of 21.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong here?


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