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Conversion of (yyyyddmmhhmmss) to datetime

Posted on 2004-08-19
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Hi,

we are storing datetime(yyyymmddhhmmss) in the varchar datatype as string. I want to manupulate the time with that datestring.  I have used CONVERT(datetime,'20040816000000'), but failed. Please help me

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Question by:chemanth
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You need to split and do it

select convert(datetime,convert(varchar(10),CONVERT(datetime,left('20040816000000',8),101),120) + ' ' + substring('20040816000000',9,2) + ':' + substring('20040816000000',11,2)+ ':' + substring('20040816000000',13,2))
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by:ram2098
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The above displays you it in the valid datetime format. Is this want? Let me know if I am wrong.
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by:alexpreston
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I think that's right. I was trying to think of a neater way, but I think this is the best way. It seems a lot of effort but since the date string is not in a recognised format, the fiddling around is necessary.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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CONVERT arguments:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/tsqlref/ts_ca-co_2f3o.asp

As you can see, only ISO has a non-separator format, but without time (s%$@  M$ :-)

Thus, indeed you need to fiddle around with substrings etc (as shown above)

CHeers

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by:AustinSeven
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I saw ram2098's post after I had already done something similar.   Here it is anyway.   I don't know any other 'neater' way that this general method.  

ram2098's example gives this output: 2004-08-16 00:00:00.000

My example below gives this output:  2004-08-16 01:08:12.000 -- because I entered a time value in the string.  However, ram2098's solution produces the correct result on the time side too.  

select convert(datetime,left('20040816000000',8) +' '+ substring('20040816010812',9,2) + ':' + substring( '20040816010812',11,2) + ':' + right('20040816010812',2),108)

As for doing time calculations, here's a bit of an example:-

declare @time1 datetime
declare @time2 datetime

select @time1 = convert(datetime,left('20040816000000',8) +' '+ substring('20040816000000',9,2) + ':' + substring( '20040816000000',11,2) + ':' + right('20040816000000',2),108)

select @time2 = convert(datetime,left('20040816010812',8) +' '+ substring('20040816010812',9,2) + ':' + substring( '20040816010812',11,2) + ':' + right('20040816010812',2),108)

select datediff(minute,@time1,@time2)


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by:Scott Pletcher
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I agree, you have to do some manipulation.  The shortest method I can figure out is:

DECLARE @v1 VARCHAR(20)
SET @v1 = '20040816000000'

SELECT CAST(LEFT(@v1, 8) + ' ' + STUFF(STUFF(SUBSTRING(@v1, 9, 6), 3, 0, ':'), 6, 0, ':') AS DATETIME)
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by:Ayesha_K
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you can also select minutes and seconds from the database like

select minute(Mydate),second(MyDate) from ...

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