ABS (SQL Server Compact)

Returns the absolute, positive value of the given numeric expression.

ABS ( numeric_expression )


Is an expression of the exact numeric or approximate numeric data type categories, or types that are implicitly convertible to float.

Returns the same type as numeric_expression except for the following expressions:

Specified expression

Return type

tinyint , smallint


real /float


Nonnumeric types that can be implicitly converted to float


The following example returns the absolute value of the difference between the number of products in stock and number of products that have been ordered.

SELECT [Units In Stock] - [Units On Order] AS Expr1, ABS([Units In Stock] - [Units On Order]) AS Expr2
FROM Products
SELECT [Units In Stock] - [Units On Order] , ABS([Units In Stock] - [Units On Order])
FROM Products