Treating Binary Blobs As UTF8
Before the introduction of
utf8mb4 Character Set (4-Byte UTF-8 Unicode Encoding) (in MySQL 5.5.3), MySQL
did not support 4-byte UTF8 sequences. This makes it difficult to
represent some multibyte languages such as Japanese. To try and
alleviate this, Connector/Net supports a mode where binary blobs
can be treated as strings.
To do this, you set the
'Treat Blobs As UTF8'
connection string keyword to
yes. This is all
that needs to be done to enable conversion of all binary blobs to
UTF8 strings. To convert only some of your BLOB columns, you can
make use of the
'BlobAsUTF8ExcludePattern' keywords. Set
these to a regular expression pattern that matches the column
names to include or exclude respectively.
When the regular expression patterns both match a single column,
the include pattern is applied before the exclude pattern. The
result, in this case, would be that the column would be excluded.
Also, be aware that this mode does not apply to columns of type
VARBINARY and also
do not apply to nonbinary
This mode only applies to reading strings out of MySQL. To insert
4-byte UTF8 strings into blob columns, use the .NET
Encoding.GetBytes function to convert your
string to a series of bytes. You can then set this byte array as a
parameter for a