Downside By Chosing Ntext As Datatype For All Text Columns?

Feb 21, 2010

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Are there any disadvantages to always using nvarchar(MAX)?

Is there a general downside by chosing 'ntext' as column type instead of a type that contains chars but with a limited max size like 'char' or 'varchar'?

I'm not sure whether a limited column size is applyable to all my colums. Therefore I would use 'ntext' for all columns containing text. Might this lead to problems in the future?

(I'm using Linq-To-SQL in a Webforms application)

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