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MAX() in an InterBase query delivers the smallest value


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I run the following query (see box below) and it returns the expected results.
Then I want to retrieve only the max() value and it returns the smallest value instead. Why is that?


I looked into the problem and suspected that the ID field 'units_scenarios_id' is not a numerical field. Indeed it was defined as a varchar().
You can add +0 to force Interbase to treat it as a number or do a clean type cast as shown below:

select max(cast(FIELDNAME as integer))

/* this query returns 4 rows - proper results */
select u2.units_scenarios_id
from units_scenarios u1, units_scenarios u2
where u1.units_scenarios_id = 1971547
and u2.unit_id = u1.unit_id
and u2.units_scenarios_id <> u1.units_scenarios_id

-->  result set:

/* --- now just retrieve the max() one:   */
select max(u2.units_scenarios_id)

--->  result set:

/* SOLUTION: turns out that units_scenarios_id is varchar(32) */
select max(u2.units_scenarios_id+0)

/* or this one - cleaner with a CAST */
select max(cast(u2.units_scenarios_id as integer))

--->  result set:


2014-12-16, 11:04:52
anonymous from Belgium  
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2015-01-01, 01:13:16
anonymous from Venezuela  
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2015-02-01, 01:11:00
You can always tell an expert! Thanks for conitiburtng.
2015-02-01, 01:13:39
anonymous from Belgium  
The abiitly to think like that is always a joy to behold



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