Mosh Feu - 1 year ago 103

SQL Question

How do I know the maximum value of

`decimal`

For example:

`decimal(5, 2)`

Can you please explain the mechanism of

`decimal`

Answer Source

You can use an aggregate function in order to get the maximum value in a column

```
SELECT MAX(myColumn) AS MyColumnCount
FROM myTable
```

If you want to know the maximum value for a customer for instance, you can group by this customer

```
SELECT CustomerID, MAX(myColumn) AS MyColumnCount
FROM myTable
GROUP BY CustomerID
```

You can find other aggregate functions here.

If, by contrast, you are interested in range of a decimal type, then consider, that you are declaring the total number of digits and decimals. Therefore the maximum number is reached, when all these digits are `9`

.

So for `decimal(5,2)`

it would be `999.99`

. `5`

is the total number of decimals to the left and to the right of the decimal point. `2`

is the number of decimals to the right of the decimal point.

The maximum possible range for decimals is -10^38 + 1 through 10^38 - 1.