Parse (geography Data Type)
Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview
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Returns a geography instance from an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Well-Known Text (WKT) representation. Parse() is equivalent to STGeomFromText, except that it assumes a spatial reference ID (SRID) of 4326 as a parameter. The input may carry optional Z (elevation) and M (measure) values.
This geography data type method supports FullGlobe instances or spatial instances that are larger than a hemisphere.
Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.
The following example uses Parse() to create a geography instance.
DECLARE @g geography; SET @g = geography::Parse('LINESTRING(-122.360 47.656, -122.343 47.656)'); SELECT @g.ToString();