How to persist a calculated GEOMETRY or GEOGRAPHY column

Question!

I'm trying to create a table under SQL Server 2008 containing a GEOMETRY column and a calculated variation thereof.

Considering the following table where the calculated column returns a buffered geometry:

CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Test] (
    [Geometry]      GEOMETRY    NOT NULL,
    [Buffer]        FLOAT       NOT NULL,
    [BufferedGeometry] AS ([Geometry].STBuffer([Buffer])) PERSISTED
);

The problem with this is it results in the following error:

Msg 4994, Level 16, State 1, Line 2 Computed column 'BufferedGeometry' in table 'Test' cannot be persisted because the column type, 'geometry', is a non-byte-ordered CLR type.

I have search BOL and the web and can't seem to find a solution to my problem. I really would like it to be persisted so I can index it effectively. I could set it in code, but then I have the possibility of inconsistent data as I require both values at some point in time.

Anyone played with this and know a solution or workaround?

Update: Microsoft has added this functionality in SQL Server 2012.



Answers

Whoever is still having such problem: SQL Server 2012 now allows it

By : root


I guess you could use a trigger to calculate it and store it to the [BufferedGeometry] field

By : DJ.


Objective-Zip is another option. See these excellent instructions.

Note I had to convert the source code to use ARC by using the XCode->Edit->Refactor->Convert to Objective C ARC.



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