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convert a General Date into an ID

Posted on 2004-03-26
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I need to convert a General Date (3/25/2004 3:16:34 PM) into a string or Intiger to be used as
an ID ei: 325200431634

I have tried a couple different things but nothing works....any ideas?
the Date is stored in the field "Date_and_Time_Of_Occurance"
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Question by:Sebastian_c
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by:rockiroads
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use the format command

sID = Format(myDate,"MMDDYYYYNNMMSS")
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by:rockiroads
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sorry, that should be HHNNSS not NNMMSS

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by:nico5038
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When just an ID is needed, simply change the date into a number field. :-)

It will have decimals for the hours/minutes/sec part, but an update query with * 100000 can "remove" that when needed.

Nic;o)
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by:goliak
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You can simply manually change the data type of your field to double or single type. The result slightly reminds a date but you'll get an ID field. Also that field easely converts back to Full Date.
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by:Sebastian_c
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Thats works great! BUT when I use Date, it gives a number 03262004000000
What happened to the HHMMSS?
BTY You get the points rockiroads!
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by:Sebastian_c
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How do I declair General Date in the eqation:

sID = Format(myDate,"MMDDYYYYNNMMSS")
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rockiroads earned 30 total points
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did your date have a time in it? dump your date you wish to convert

if you look in help on the Format command, there are plenty of types you can change it to

when you mean declare Generate Date in the equation, what do you mean? do you want to return a General Date?

you can use Format(myDate,"General Date")

but basically, format takes any date or date/time and formats it to any style you want (again, see help for otpions)


some examples
Dim MyTime, MyDate, MyStr
MyTime = #17:04:23#
MyDate = #January 27, 1993#

' Returns current system time in the system-defined long time format.
MyStr = Format(Time, "Long Time")

' Returns current system date in the system-defined long date format.
MyStr = Format(Date, "Long Date")

MyStr = Format(MyTime, "h:m:s")    ' Returns "17:4:23".
MyStr = Format(MyTime, "hh:mm:ss AMPM")    ' Returns "05:04:23 PM".
MyStr = Format(MyDate, "dddd, mmm d yyyy")    ' Returns "Wednesday,
    ' Jan 27 1993".
' If format is not supplied, a string is returned.
MyStr = Format(23)    ' Returns "23".

' User-defined formats.
MyStr = Format(5459.4, "##,##0.00")    ' Returns "5,459.40".
MyStr = Format(334.9, "###0.00")    ' Returns "334.90".
MyStr = Format(5, "0.00%")    ' Returns "500.00%".
MyStr = Format("HELLO", "<")    ' Returns "hello".
MyStr = Format("This is it", ">")    ' Returns "THIS IS IT".

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by:Sebastian_c
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Thank you rocki!
I ended up using: sID = Format(Time, "MMDDYYYYHHMMSS")
which gives me a unique number each time...

Sebastian
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by:rockiroads
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ok, just to note, did you lose the leading zero?
if you did and you dont want to lose it, how about putting YYYY first, just a thought

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