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Format date with full month name?

Posted on 2004-07-30
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I have the field 'MESSAGE_DATE' in a table that is a 'datetime' type, containing data like this:
10/21/2003

I would like a SQL function that will format the date like this:
October 21, 2003

If I use:
SELECT CONVERT(varchar, message_date, 107) FROM my_table
I get the following:
Oct 21, 2003

However, I want the full month name.  Is there an easy function for doing this, similar to MySQL:
SELECT DATE_FORMAT(message_date, '%M %e, %Y');

I have constructed the following, and it works, but it's a bit wordy and I'm wondering if there is a more concise way to format a date in the format I want:
SELECT DATENAME(month, message_date) + ' ' + CAST(DAY(message_date) AS varchar) + ', ' + CAST(YEAR(message_date) AS varchar) AS message_date FROM my_table

Ideas on how to make that shorter, if possible?
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Question by:hendridm
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Scott Pletcher earned 350 total points
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Not directly, AFAIK; that is somewhat odd.  This is the shortest way I know of:

SELECT DATENAME(MONTH, message_date) + SUBSTRING(CONVERT(VARCHAR(30), message_date, 107), 4, 20)
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