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SQL Server: RowVersion is not the same format as BigInt

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/18

A while ago, I needed to get RowVersion binary data out of SQL Server. People around me told me it is stored as BigInt.

I luckily bumped into [WayBack] sql server – Cast rowversion to bigint – Stack Overflow.

That post explains RowVersion is not stored as BigInt. Both RowVersion and BigInt take up 8 bytes of storage, but RowVersion is big-endian and unsigned, whereas BigInt is little-endian and signed.

A few quotes from it:

In my C# program I don’t want to work with byte array, therefore I cast rowversion data type to bigint:

SELECT CAST([version] AS BIGINT) FROM [dbo].[mytable]

So I receive a number instead of byte array. Is this conversion always successful and are there any possible problems with it? If so, in which data type should I cast rowversion instead?


You can convert in C# also, but if you want to compare them you should be aware that rowversion is apparently stored big-endian, so you need to do something like:

byte[] timestampByteArray = ... // from datareader/linq2sql etc...
var timestampInt = BitConverter.ToInt64(timestampByteArray, 0);
timestampInt = IPAddress.NetworkToHostOrder(timestampInt);

It’d probably be more correct to convert it as ToUInt64, but then you’d have to write your own endian conversion as there’s no overload on NetworkToHostOrder that takes uint64. Or just borrow one from Jon Skeet (search page for ‘endian’).

Code: [WayBack] Jon Skeet: Miscellaneous Utility Library




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Chocolatey: installing Oracle SQL Developer and updating the chocolatey package

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/13

Sometimes an install is not just as simple as C:\>choco install --yes oracle-sql-developer.

Edit 20210514:

Note that most of the below pain will be moot in the future as per [] Jeff Smith 🍻 on Twitter: “we’re working on removing the SSO requirement, it’s already done for @oraclesqlcl – see here … “ referring to [Wayback] SQLcl now under the Oracle Free Use Terms and Conditions license | Oracle Database Insider Blog

SQLcl, the modern command-line interface for the Oracle Database, can now be downloaded directly from the web without any click-through license agreement.

It means the Oracle acount restriction will be lifted, and downloads will be a lot simpler.

I started with the below failing command, tried a lot of things, then finally almost gave up: Oracle stuff does not want to be automated, which means I should try to less of their stuff.

First of all you need an Oracle account (I dislike companies doing that for free product installs; I’m looking at Embarcadero too) by going to

[WayBack] Chocolatey Gallery | Oracle SQL Developer 18.4.0 (also:


  • This version supports both 32bit and 64bit and subsequently does not have a JDK bundled with it. It has a
    dependency on the jdk8 package to meet the application’s JDK requirement.
  • An Oracle account is required to download this package. See the “Package Parameters” section below for
    details on how to provide your Oracle credentials to the installer. If you don’t have an existing account, you can
    create one for free here:

Package Parameters

The following package parameters are required:

/Username: – Oracle username
/Password: – Oracle password

(e.g. choco install oracle-sql-developer --params "'/Username:MyUsername /Password:MyPassword'")

To have choco remember parameters on upgrade, be sure to set choco feature enable -n=useRememberedArgumentsForUpgrades.

Then the installation failed fail again: ERROR: The response content cannot be parsed because the Internet Explorer engine is not available, or Internet Explorer's first-launch configuration is not complete. Specify the UseBasicParsing parameter and try again.


The reason is that the package uses Invoke-WebRequest which requires Internet Explorer and PowerShell 3. Chocolatey packages however need to be able to run on just PowerShell 2 without Invoke-WebRequest.

Maybe using cURL can remedy that; adding a dependency to is is possible, as cURL can be installed via chocolatey: [WayBack] How to Install cURL on Windows – I Don’t Know, Read The Manual. Another alternative might be [WayBack] Replace Invoke-RestMethod in PowerShell 2.0 to use [WayBack] WebRequest Class (System.Net) | Microsoft Docs.

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MSSQL – searching in DDL metadata comments

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/14

Some interesting queries at [WayBack] • Просмотр темы – Полезные скрипты (English translation by Google)

I have put them in the [WayBack] gist below, and expect that they should be solvable without depending on deprecated sys.sysobjects.

Related: [WayBack] sql server – Making sense of sys.objects, sys.system_objects, and sys.sysobjects? – Database Administrators Stack Exchange


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UUID/GUID as primary keys in databases; generating them from a .NET assembly

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/04/08

Some links for my archive:


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Posted by jpluimers on 2021/02/18

[WayBack] showthedocs

is a documentation browser that finds the relevant docs for your code. It works by parsing the code and connecting parts of it to their explanation in the docs

, and supports these languages:

  • SQL
    • postgresql
    • mysql
  • Configuration
    • nginx
    • gitconfig

You can enter any language text, then click the language, followed by clicking the “SHOW ME THE DOCS!” button, for which an example is further below.

The site has an open architecture, allowing to plug in more languages and documentation:


gitconfig example

So for instance the below ./git/config file leads to this result [WayBack] where you can click on all the coloured areas for easy navigation through the documentation:

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