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How to truncate date value coming out of DB

Posted on 2007-11-15
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Last Modified: 2010-04-21
I have a method which fills-in the TextBoxes of my control.

The problem is, the date coming out has a TimeStamp, and I don't want to display it.

Is there someway I can format the value coming out of the datarow object so that it just returns a data?

public void FillPersonalInfoFromDB(string username, string connStringName)
        string userID = CommonFunctions.GetUserIdGivenUserName(username);
        string sqlStatement = "select Birthdate, SSN from aspnet_PersonalInfo where UserId = '" + userID + "'";
        DataSet ds = CommonFunctions.ReturnDataSet(connStringName, sqlStatement);

        foreach (DataRow dr in ds.Tables[0].Rows)
            //4/5/1974 12:00:00 AM is what this.TextBoxBirthday.Text holds after the line below runs
            //  I just want to show   4/5/1974
            this.TextBoxBirthday.Text = dr["Birthdate"].ToString();

            this.TextBoxSSN.Text = CommonFunctions.AddDashesToSSN(dr["SSN"].ToString());
Question by:Tom Knowlton
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by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 20291090
This works...but it seems kinda long and clunky.  Is there a shorter, nicer way to do it?

this.TextBoxBirthday.Text = Convert.ToDateTime(dr["Birthdate"].ToString()).ToShortDateString();
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raterus earned 1600 total points
ID: 20291316
I always use the ToShortDateString function, I don't think you are going to find anything much easier without getting into formatting strings (which you'll forget next time you need it!)

Depending on your database, you might be able to do it there too.

with sql server it would be (just as long and clunky)

select cast(convert(varchar(10), getdate(), 101) as smalldatetime) as justadate

Expert Comment

ID: 20291828
Try this for a quick clean solution with only a few changes to your code.
this.TextBoxBirthday.Text = dr["Birthdate"].ToString("d");

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ventaur earned 400 total points
ID: 20291856
You'll actually need to cast the value first. Sorry, my fingers get away from me sometimes.
this.TextBoxBirthday.Text = ((DateTime)dr["Birthdate"]).ToString("d");

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by:Tom Knowlton
ID: 31409383
Thank you both!

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