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Chapter 2. What Every Developer Needs to... > Selecting the Appropriate Field Type...

Selecting the Appropriate Field Type for Your Data

The data type you select for each field can greatly affect the performance and functionality of your application. Several factors can influence your choice of data type for each field in your table:

  • The type of data that's stored in the field

  • Whether the field's contents need to be included in calculations

  • Whether you need to sort the data in the field

  • The way you want to sort the data in the field

  • How important storage space is to you


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