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How to truncate date value coming out of DB

Posted on 2007-11-15
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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());
        }
    }
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Question by:knowlton
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by:knowlton
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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 400 total points
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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
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by:ventaur
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Try this for a quick clean solution with only a few changes to your code.
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this.TextBoxBirthday.Text = dr["Birthdate"].ToString("d");
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by:ventaur
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You'll actually need to cast the value first. Sorry, my fingers get away from me sometimes.
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this.TextBoxBirthday.Text = ((DateTime)dr["Birthdate"]).ToString("d");
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Thank you both!
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