I have a table with two date field in the format of YYYYMMDDhhmmss. Let's call these fields timestamp1 and timestamp2. These fields is saved as varchar.I cannot modify the table.
In a view I need I need to find out the elapsed days and time between the two fields. For example:
if timestamp1 = 20041012010202 and timestamp2 = 20041013010103 the output needs to say:
days elapsed: 1 time elapsed: 01 second
I tried converting the fields first by saying: convert(datetime, fieldname, 20). This produces a syntax error. How to I convert these to a proper format (if necessary) and find out the elapsed days and times?