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I'd like to ask about the char/varchar column limit value CHAR_MAX_LENGTH, if I may. Why 1333? Especially in view of the docblock mentioning the four most likely to be used DB engines having a max column length well above 1333.
Please forgive for my ignorance if it's otherwise, but is 1333 a magic number?
I've written an enrollment plugin that makes use of staging tables to store IMS-based messages. The IMS spec has the course description max length at 2048.
Rather than have to create a text/clob column, it is preferable I think to create a varchar2 column. I realize the likelihood of an IMS course description exceeding 1000 or so characters is slim, but not everybody adheres the specs.
I'd like to suggest the CHAR_MAX_LENGTH value be adjusted to 4000 to match the Oracle max length.