Gets or sets the maximum size, in bytes, of the data within the column.
Assembly: System.Data (in System.Data.dll)
The property is used for binary and string types.
For nonstring data types and ANSI string data, the property refers to the number of bytes. For Unicode string data, refers to the number of characters. The count for strings does not include the terminating character.
For variable-length data types, describes the maximum amount of data to transmit to the server. For example, for a Unicode string value, could be used to limit the amount of data sent to the server to the first one hundred characters.
For bidirectional and output parameters, and return values, you must set the value of . This is not required for input parameters, and if not explicitly set, the value is inferred from the actual size of the specified parameter when a parameterized statement is executed.
The DbType and properties of a parameter can be inferred by setting Value. Therefore, you are not required to specify them. However, they are not exposed in DbParameter property settings. For example, if the size of the parameter has been inferred, does not contain inferred value after statement execution.
For fixed length data types, the value of is ignored. It can be retrieved for informational purposes, and returns the maximum amount of bytes the provider uses when transmitting the value of the parameter to the server.
For parameters of type DbType.String, the value of is length in Unicode characters. For parameters of type DbType.Xml, is ignored.