date conversion

Posted on 2000-03-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-04
I need a way to convert a Julian date to a standard date. I am connected to an AS400 table that holds Julian dates and would like to convert those dates on a form to a standard date that makes sense to my users.
Question by:n7kon
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Expert Comment

ID: 2607826
This should work just fine:

Function JulianToNormal(strJulian As String) As Date
   Dim strYear As String
   Dim intDays As Integer
   Dim datResult As Date
   'Extract the year
   strYear = Left$(strJulian, 2)
   'Extract the number of days
   intDays = CInt(Right(strJulian, 3))
   'Start with January 1 of the year
   datResult = CDate("1/1/" & strYear)
   'Add number of days - 1
   datResult = DateAdd("d", intDays - 1, datResult)
   JulianToNormal = datResult
End Function

Note: year 00-29 is 2000-2029, 30-99=1930-1999
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Expert Comment

ID: 2607840
Hello n7kon,

Here are two functions you could use. The first one converts calendar date to Julian date, second Julian date to calendar date.

    ' Public Function DateToJulian( dtmDate )
    ' Converts the passed calendar date to a Julian date
    ' number.
    Public Function DateToJulian(dtmDate As Date) As Long
    DateToJulian = (dtmDate - #1/1/100#) + 1757585
    End Function

    ' Public Function JulianToDate( lngJulian )
    ' Converts the passed julian date number to a calendar
    ' date
    Public Function JulianToDate(lngJulian As Long) As Date
    JulianToDate = lngJulian - 1757585 + #1/1/100#
    End Function

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Expert Comment

ID: 2607857
seems that the suggestions are posted before the question was here...

Question time: Saturday, March 11 2000 - 05:54PM EET

BrianWren's comment: Saturday, March 11 2000 - 05:17PM EET

My comment: Saturday, March 11 2000 - 05:27PM EET

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Expert Comment

ID: 2607869
oops.. forgot to post functions to convert Long to Date (and vice versa). Here they are:

    ' Public Function DateToNumericDayYear(dtmDate As Date)
    ' Converts the passed date to the numeric day of the year
    ' (1-366)
    Public Function DateToNumericDayYear(dtmDate As Date) As Integer
    DateToNumericDayYear = dtmDate - _
    DateSerial(DatePart("yyyy", dtmDate), 1, 1) + 1
    End Function
    ' Public Function NumericDayYearToDate( intNum )
    ' Converts the numeric day of the year (1-366) to a
    ' calendar date
    ' in the current year
    Public Function NumericDayYearToDate(intNum)
    NumericDayYearToDate = DateSerial(DatePart("yyyy", Date), 1, 1) + intNum - 1
    End Function

These functions are not made be me, the original source code is written by Sal Ricciardi.

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Expert Comment

ID: 2607879
Believer, not BrianWren.. maybe I need new glasses. Sorry confusion.

Expert Comment

ID: 2608523
I was reading the thread, and wondered how I managed to not only answer before the question was asked, but additionally I appeared to have answered before I answered!!!  :-/ hmmm...

The server for EE always gives a post time that is an hour late.  When we 'leap ahead,' I suspect that it will be right finally, (for about half a year...)


Accepted Solution

viveka031100 earned 100 total points
ID: 2608569
When using Access to external databases I normally recommend Pass-thru queries.  The pass- through queries allow platform sql statements and I am quite sure AS400 databases have native datew convert functions.

Using pass-thru has significant performance improvement.  The flip side is Access does not handle pass-thru  queries in sub-reports.  It somehow finds out the pass-through query - does not matter how deep you bury it ( I tried upto 3 levels.)

You may like to look up MSN site.  They have a whole bunch of date conversion routines.

The functions posted above will work with the following exceptions:
a)  does not recognize a bad Julian date ( 99500).
b)  does not recognize the 14 days skipped in October 4 (1782???)
c)  Somehow access does not return correct date offset for years beyond 2140 (erratic results)
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ID: 2609505
Welcome To Experts Exchange viveka!

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Author Comment

ID: 2622168
Thanks for all the help. vivekas answer works and so dose paasky. If I knew how I would increas and split the points. As a new user here I am not sure if that can be done. But Thanks to Both.
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Expert Comment

ID: 2622354
Hello n7kon,

Happy to help you.

You can post a request to EE Community support if you want to split the points ( )

Sometimes customers post extra question to give points for expert who has helped him/her, subject: For <expert> (Q.99999999)


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