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converting a date that is in INT format in SQL to standard date format xx/xx/xxxx

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I have a SQL server DB on the backend and a program that uses it written in Clarion 5 on the front end. Problem is Clarion is writing dates and times as date type INT (length 4) and I am now using MS Access 2003 for reports and some queries and I don't know where and how to convert the data. For example, the data is as follows: date format= 74300, and the time format= 3578973. The programmer I used suggested the following code: CAST(PMT_DATE - 36163 AS datetime). Problem is, I have no clue where to put it or how to execute the code. Any help?
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the easiest way would be to create a view on SQL server
a view is just an alternate way of looking at data from a sql server table
then in access simply point your query to this view instead of the main table.

CREATE view MyDateView as
select CAST(PMT_DATE - 36163 AS datetime) as PMT_DATE, field2, field3
FROM MYTABLE

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Is your program in Clarion just writing to the DB or also reading data?
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the front end is written in Clarion and it reads and writes data to the SQL Server tables.
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buzcut... have you tried the view method?

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Jay-

your instructions worked great! I can see the regular date now... but the other part of this question was how do I create a new table based on the new view? See, I want to have the table store the date as datetime and not as an INT so I can continue to work with the DB from Access, since I am replacing the Clarion front end. Thanks again!!!

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Jay-

I just figured out how to create a table with the new definitions and converted data. Again, thank you for all of your help!!!

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Cool

Enjoy :)
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