I have the following column specified in a database: decimal(5,2)
How does one interpret this?
According to the properties on the column as viewed in SQL Server Management studio I can see that it means: decimal(Numeric precision, Numeric scale).
What do precision and scale mean in real terms?
It would be easy to interpret this as a decimal with 5 digits and two decimals places...ie 12345.12
P.S. I've been able to determine the correct answer from a colleague but had great difficulty finding an answer online. As such, I'd like to have the question and answer documented here on StackOverflow for future reference.