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SQL: convert string value to a datetime value.

Posted on 2003-10-30
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Hi,

I need a SQL statement to convert a string to a legitimate datetime value.
String i'm entering is '30/10/2003' and i'm using the following SQL code to convert it;
Convert(datetime, @StartDate, 102) where start date is '30/10/2003'.
when i try this in query analyzer i get the error message below.
Error converting data type varchar to datetime.

help!
Ozi
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by:Lowfatspread
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try style 103  that s d/m/y
not y.m.d which is 102
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by:Dexstar
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Canavar:

> String i'm entering is '30/10/2003' and i'm using the following SQL code to convert it;
> Convert(datetime, @StartDate, 102) where start date is '30/10/2003'.

102 is for when you have 'yyyy.mm.dd'.

You have 'dd/mm/yyyy', which is 103.  So try this instead:
     Convert(datetime, @StartDate, 103)

Hope that helps,
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Doh!  So close!
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by:Canavar
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i sorted it mate sorry. had a bit of blackout!
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by:Canavar
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Thanks guys anyway. i just had to get away from my desk and come back with a clear mind!

Can an expert close this please?

thanks,
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>>Can an expert close this please?<<
No, but you can. See here:
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