String Or Binary Data

Lori Edwards wants to fix one of the most annoying error messages in SQL Server history:

The Connect item that I’m promoting today is Connect #339410 : Please fix the “String or binary data would be truncated” message to give the column name. This Connect item was opened in 2008 and has 1,328 upvotes. If we can create virtual realities, we should be able to add a column name to an error message. Help us Microsoft, you’re our only hope.

This error message is incredibly annoying, particularly because it seems the engine should know which record has an error and on which column that error is.  We finally got information on which row caused a primary or unique key constraint violation, and that was helpful; this would be at least as helpful.

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