I posted a puzzle here Prove that this is an integer asking people to prove that the following code is indeed an int

SELECT @d = 500

or this the number 5 itself, how do you know that this is an integer?

Well this is pretty easy, you can sql_variant_property with the BaseType property. Run this code

IF cast(sql_variant_property(@d,'BaseType') as varchar(20)) = 'int'
PRINT 'yes'
PRINT 'no'

As you can see yes is printed, the code below will return int for the number 5

select cast(sql_variant_property(5,'BaseType') as varchar(20))

what about scale and precision?

Here run this

            cast(sql_variant_property(14400195639.123,'BaseType') as varchar(20)) + '(' + 
            cast(sql_variant_property(14400195639.123,'Precision') as varchar(10)) + ',' + 
            cast(sql_variant_property(14400195639.123,'Scale') as varchar(10)) + ')' 

Running that code will return numeric(14,3)

Now, why would you ever need this? Sometimes it is handy whene you have a table like this

declare table Foo(bar smallint ,col1 varchar(40), col2..........)

when you run a query like this

select * from Foo where bar = 3

you might get an index scan because 3 is not a smallint and you get a conversion. Here is a way to get around that

select * from Foo where bar = convert(smallint,3)

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