String Functions (Transact-SQL)
The following scalar functions perform an operation on a string input value and return a string or numeric value:
All built-in string functions except
FORMAT are deterministic. This means they return the same value any time they are called with a specific set of input values. For more information about function determinism, see Deterministic and Nondeterministic Functions.
When string functions are passed arguments that are not string values, the input type is implicitly converted to a text data type. For more information, see Data Type Conversion (Database Engine).