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Casting a datetime field to a smalldatetime field not working

Posted on 2003-10-21
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This just seems silly, but I simply cannot get a cast to work. When a record is saved to the db, an entry date (in datetime format) is saved to entry_date field. In a query, I need to get this date, but as a smalldatetime (mm-dd-yyyy) value.

I've tried:

1) CONVERT(smalldatetime, Entry_Date, 101) and still get hours:minutes:seconds
2) CAST(Entry_Date as smalldatetime(101)) as EntryDate and get the error CAST or CONVERT: invalid attributes specified for type 'smalldatetime'
3) cast(Entry_Date as smalldatetime) as EntryDate and get hours:minutes:seconds
4) cast(Entry_Date as smalldatetime, 101) and get the error Incorrect syntax near ','.

This can't be that hard. What am I doing wrong???
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Question by:MovnOn
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Convert(varchar(10),Entry_Date,101)
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by:Anthony Perkins
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SmallDate includes the time, so you should convert to a varchar as has been suggested.

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Since you need it in the format mm-dd-yyyy use the style = 110, as in:

Select Convert(varchar(10), getdate(), 110)

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by:Anthony Perkins
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Also, if all you want to do is save to a datetime column without the time, than use something like this:
Select Cast(Floor(Cast(GetDate() As float)) as datetime)

Sorry for the multiple posts.
Anthony
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I'm adding 75 points to the question and will split them: lludden gets 125 for the first correct answer and 50 to Anthony for the additional info.

Fair enough?
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That is fine with me.

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Works for me.  Glad to be of help
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