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Case sensitivity for SQL identifiers · ontop/ontop Wiki · GitHub

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/07/08

For my link archive: [WayBack] Case sensitivity for SQL identifiers · ontop/ontop Wiki · GitHub:

  • Oracle and H2 changes unquoted identifiers to uppercase.
    Although technically possible, Oracle explicitly recommends to not use lowercase identifers. We do not support H2 with the setting DATABASE_TO_UPPER=FALSE, if this setting is enabled all queries with names and tables in lowercase must be quoted.
  • DB2 Names are not case sensitive.
    For example, the table names CUSTOMER and Customer are the same, but object names are converted to uppercase when they are entered. If a name is enclosed in quotation marks, the name becomes case sensitive. The schema name is case-sensitive, and must be specified in uppercase characters.
  • Postgres changes unquoted identifiers (both columns and alias names) to lowercase.
  • Mysql does not change the case of unquoted tables and schemas.
    It changes in lowercase the unquoted columns. Mysql tables are stored as files in the operating system the server runs on. This means that database and table names are not case sensitive in Windows, and case sensitive in most varieties of Unix or Linux. The backtick ` is used for enclosing identifiers such as table and column names.
  • Mssqlserver All connection string property names are case-insensitive.
    For example, Password is the same as password. Identifiers of objects in a database, such as tables, views, and column names, are assigned the default collation of the database. For example, two tables with names that differ only in case can be created in a database that has case-sensitive collation, but cannot be created in a database that has case-insensitive collation. Default SQL Server is not case sensitive. SELECT * FROM SomeTable is the same as SeLeCT * frOM soMetaBLe. Delimited identifiers are enclosed in double quotation marks (“) or brackets ([]). Identifiers that comply with the rules for the format of identifiers may or may not be delimited.

–jeroen

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