Larry McGhaw wrote:
Again, *all* other major relational databases do this ...  even blob fields 
have a maximum length reported from the database.

So what are you doing with the max length? Not all data types and values have a meaningful max length, so you have to be able to deal with variable length data anyway.

For blobs, exactly what max length would you like to get; 1GB? 1TB? Why, what good is that for?

  Heikki Linnakangas

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