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I am using a stored procedure to insert into the database.But when i am inserting the records its giving me error like the one above.Can anyone suggest me how to solve this problem.
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			{

				SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("insertcomp", con);

				cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;

				pclientcode=new SqlParameter("clientcode",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pclientname=new SqlParameter("clientname",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pstatus=new SqlParameter("status",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pcompanyaddress=new SqlParameter("companyaddress",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pbillingaddress=new SqlParameter("billingaddress",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pbillto=new SqlParameter("billto",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				ptelephone=new SqlParameter("telephone",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pfascimile=new SqlParameter("fascimile",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pbusinesstype=new SqlParameter("businesstype",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pstaffstrength=new SqlParameter("staffstrength",SqlDbType.Int);

				premarks=new SqlParameter("remarks",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pstartdate=new SqlParameter("startdate",SqlDbType.DateTime);

				preceiveddate=new SqlParameter("receiveddate",SqlDbType.DateTime);

				psuspenddate=new SqlParameter("suspenddate",SqlDbType.DateTime);

				pterminatedate=new SqlParameter("terminatedate",SqlDbType.DateTime);

				precognitionmode=new SqlParameter("recognitionmode",SqlDbType.VarChar);

				pinsurance=new SqlParameter("insurance",SqlDbType.Bit);

				pforeignnumber=new SqlParameter("foreignnumber",SqlDbType.Bit);

				prcare=new SqlParameter("rcare",SqlDbType.Bit);

				pempno=new SqlParameter("empno",SqlDbType.Bit);

				pmediaccess=new SqlParameter("mediaccess",SqlDbType.Bit);

				pcharacter=new SqlParameter("character",SqlDbType.Bit);

				pcheckmedilimit=new SqlParameter("checkmedilimit",SqlDbType.Bit);

				pcheckpolicyno=new SqlParameter("checkpolicyno",SqlDbType.Bit);

				psubsidiaryof=new SqlParameter("subsidiaryof",SqlDbType.VarChar);
 

			

				pclientcode.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pclientname.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pcompanyaddress.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pbillingaddress.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pbillto.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				ptelephone.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pfascimile.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pbusinesstype.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pstaffstrength.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				premarks.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pstartdate.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				preceiveddate.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				psuspenddate.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pterminatedate.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				precognitionmode.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pinsurance.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pforeignnumber.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				prcare.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pempno.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pmediaccess.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pcharacter.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pcheckmedilimit.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				pcheckpolicyno.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;

				psubsidiaryof.Direction=ParameterDirection.Input;
 

				condition();

                condition2();

				condition3();

				condition4();

				condition5();

				condition6();

				condition7();

                condition8();
 
 

				pclientcode.Value=TextBox1.Text;

				pclientname.Value=TextBox2.Text;

				pcompanyaddress.Value=TextBox3.Text;

				pbillingaddress.Value=TextBox4.Text;

				pbillto.Value=TextBox5.Text;

				ptelephone.Value=TextBox6.Text;

				pfascimile.Value=TextBox7.Text;

				pbusinesstype.Value=DropDownList3.SelectedItem.Value;

				pstaffstrength.Value=int.Parse(TextBox10.Text);

				premarks.Value=TextBox12.Text;

                pstartdate.Value = TextBox13.Value;

                preceiveddate.Value =TextBox15.Value;

                psuspenddate.Value = TextBox14.Value;

                pterminatedate.Value =TextBox16.Value;

				precognitionmode.Value=TextBox11.Text;

				pinsurance.Value=var6;

				pforeignnumber.Value=var1;

				prcare.Value=var8;

				pempno.Value=var2;

				pmediaccess.Value=var4;

				pcharacter.Value=var3;

				pcheckmedilimit.Value=var5;

				pcheckpolicyno.Value=var7;

				psubsidiaryof.Value=TextBox8.Text;

				

				

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pclientcode);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pclientname);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pcompanyaddress);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pbillingaddress);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pbillto);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(ptelephone);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pfascimile);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pbusinesstype);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pstaffstrength);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(premarks);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pstartdate);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(preceiveddate);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(psuspenddate);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pterminatedate);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(precognitionmode);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pinsurance);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pforeignnumber);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(prcare);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pempno);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pmediaccess);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pcharacter);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pcheckmedilimit);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(pcheckpolicyno);

				cmd.Parameters.Add(psubsidiaryof);

				

				cmd.ExecuteNonQuery();

				
 

			}

			catch(Exception ex)

			{

				Label1.Text=ex.Message;

			}

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by:jandromeda
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Try this.

pstartdate.Value = DateTime.Parse(TextBox13.Value);
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by:tryokane
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No i also tried this but its again giving error like 'String was not recognized as a valid DateTime'.
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in which format does user enter date in the text format ?
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In string format.I am actually taking an html textbox for inputting.Is there anything wrong with the html text box format,but i observed during debugging that it is coming in the string format like "23-08-2008".I am not getting where i am struck with.
<table width="700" align="center" bgColor="seashell">

					<tr>

						<td><b>Company Code</b></td>

						<td><asp:textbox id="TextBox1" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

						<td><asp:dropdownlist id="DropDownList1" Runat="server"></asp:dropdownlist></td>

						<td><asp:button id="Button1" Runat="server" BorderColor="Blue" BackColor="#C0FFFF" Font-Bold="True"

								Text="Search"></asp:button></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Company Name</b></td>

						<td><asp:textbox id="TextBox2" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

						<td><asp:dropdownlist id="DropDownList2" Runat="server"></asp:dropdownlist></td>

						<td><asp:button id="Button2" Runat="server" BorderColor="Blue" BackColor="#C0FFFF" Font-Bold="True"

								Text="Search" ForeColor="#000040"></asp:button></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td colSpan="4"></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Company Address</b></td>

						<td colSpan="3"><asp:textbox id="TextBox3" Runat="server" TextMode="MultiLine"></asp:textbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Billing Address</b></td>

						<td colSpan="3"><asp:textbox id="TextBox4" Runat="server" TextMode="MultiLine"></asp:textbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Attention Bill To</b></td>

						<td colSpan="3"><asp:textbox id="TextBox5" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td colSpan="4"></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Telephone</b></td>

						<td><asp:textbox id="TextBox6" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

						<td><b>Fascimile</b></td>

						<td><asp:textbox id="TextBox7" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td colSpan="4"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox1" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="Foreign Number"></asp:checkbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Subsidiary Of</b></td>

						<td><asp:textbox id="TextBox8" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:textbox id="TextBox9" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td style="HEIGHT: 1px"><b>Business Type</b></td>

						<td colSpan="3" style="HEIGHT: 1px"><asp:dropdownlist id="DropDownList3" Runat="server" >

								<asp:ListItem Value="Select">Select</asp:ListItem>

								<asp:ListItem Value="AirLines">AirLines</asp:ListItem>

								<asp:ListItem Value="Business">Business</asp:ListItem>

								<asp:ListItem Value="IT Company">IT Company</asp:ListItem>

							</asp:dropdownlist></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Staff Strength</b></td>

						<td><asp:textbox id="TextBox10" Runat="server"></asp:textbox></td>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox8" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="RCare"></asp:checkbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Remarks(Internal)</b></td>

						<td colSpan="3"><asp:textbox id="TextBox12" Runat="server" TextMode="MultiLine"></asp:textbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td colSpan="4"></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td style="HEIGHT: 15px"><b>Start Date</b></td>

						<td style="HEIGHT: 15px" colSpan="3"><input id="TextBox13" type="text" size="25" runat="server">

							<a href="javascript:NewCal('TextBox13','ddmmyyyy')"><img height="16" alt="Pick a date" src="cal.gif" width="16" border="0"></a></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Suspend Date</b></td>

						<td colSpan="3"><input id="TextBox14" type="text" size="25" runat="server"> <a href="javascript:NewCal('TextBox14','ddmmyyyy')">

								<img src="cal.gif" width="16" height="16" border="0" alt="Pick a date"></a></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td style="HEIGHT: 18px"><b>Reactivate Date</b></td>

						<td style="HEIGHT: 18px" colSpan="3"><input id="TextBox15" type="text" size="25" runat="server">

							<a href="javascript:NewCal('TextBox15','ddmmyyyy')"><img src="cal.gif" width="16" height="16" border="0" alt="Pick a date"></a></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td style="HEIGHT: 21px"><b>Terminate Date</b></td>

						<td style="HEIGHT: 21px" colSpan="3"><input id="TextBox16" type="text" size="25" runat="server">

							<a href="javascript:NewCal('TextBox16','ddmmyyyy')"><img src="cal.gif" width="16" height="16" border="0" alt="Pick a date"></a></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td><b>Recognition Mode</b></td>

						<td colSpan="3"><asp:textbox id="TextBox11" Runat="server" TextMode="MultiLine"></asp:textbox><asp:button id="Button3" Runat="server" BorderColor="Blue" BackColor="#C0FFFF" Font-Bold="True"

								Text="Search"></asp:button></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox2" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="Employee Number"></asp:checkbox></td>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox3" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="Character"></asp:checkbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox4" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="Medi Access"></asp:checkbox></td>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox5" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="Check MediLimit"></asp:checkbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox6" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="Insurance"></asp:checkbox></td>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:checkbox id="CheckBox7" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" Text="Check PolicyNumber"></asp:checkbox></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td align="center" colSpan="4"><asp:label id="Label1" Runat="server" Font-Bold="True" ForeColor="Red"></asp:label></td>

					</tr>

					<tr align="center">

						<td><asp:button id="Button4" Runat="server" BorderColor="Blue" BackColor="#C0FFFF" Font-Bold="True"

								Text="Add" Width="70" OnClick="Button4_Click"></asp:button></td>

						<td><asp:button id="Button5" Runat="server" BorderColor="Blue" BackColor="#C0FFFF" Font-Bold="True"

								Text="Clear" Width="70"></asp:button></td>

						<td colSpan="2"><asp:button id="Button6" Runat="server" BorderColor="Blue" BackColor="#C0FFFF" Font-Bold="True"

								Text="Exit" Width="70"></asp:button></td>

					</tr>

					<tr>

						<td></td>

					</tr>

				</table>	

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by:Gautham Janardhan
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change to
DateTime.ParseExactTextBox13.Value, "dd-MM-yyyy", null);
and try
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This is the error which i got after trying the above conversion,'String was not recognized as a valid DateTime'.
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by:Gautham Janardhan
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are u sure u are getting the date in the format 28-08-2008 ? if not u must change the string "dd-MM-yyyy" to suit ur format
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by:renjurdevan
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try

dd-mmm-yyyy like (28-Aug-2008)
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I tried this also but the same error.The field that i took in the database was datetime.Is this anything to do with the error.
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Any body who can help me on this problem?
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by:Gautham Janardhan
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can u post ho ur code looks now...

only that line would do.. and the exact error ur getting
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'String was not recognized as a valid DateTime' is the error i get.The line of code is the one below:
DateTime dt1=Convert.ToDateTime(TextBox13.Text);
                pstartdate.Value = dt1;
                DateTime dt2=Convert.ToDateTime(TextBox14.Text);
                psuspenddate.Value = dt2;
                DateTime dt3 = Convert.ToDateTime(TextBox15.Text);
                preceiveddate.Value = dt3;
                DateTime dt4= Convert.ToDateTime(TextBox16.Text);
                pterminatedate.Value = dt4;
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by:Gautham Janardhan
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change Convert.ToDateTime(TextBox13.Text);

to

DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value, "dd-MM-yyyy", null);
and similar;y for others and see if u are getting the same error

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Still the same error.
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have u changed for all the datetime parses
also put a mesage box before datetime.parse
MessageBox.Show(TextBox13.Value);

and see in what format the value is coming
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by:tryokane
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I did all the testing using debugger but "dd/mm/yyyy" is the format which is coming inthe textbox.value.No still the same error.
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DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value, "dd/MM/yyyy", null);
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by:renjurdevan
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wat you are getting in TextBox13.Text ??
if it is not a valid string you may get null values
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I am getting string format of date i.e "12/3/2008"
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by:Gautham Janardhan
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if thats is the format

then the format u shud give when parsing is "dd/MM/yyyy"

i.e

DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value, "dd/MM/yyyy", null);
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"dd/M/yyyy"
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DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value, "dd/M/yyyy", null);
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No,Still the same error!
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DateTime obj = DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value,dd/M/yyyy",null)

pstartdate.Value = obj.ToString("dd/MMM/yyyy");

apply to all datetime field
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by:tryokane
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No,Not Yet Solved.Do I need to change the format in the database itself?
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by:Gautham Janardhan
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no that doesnt matter.. u are getting this error when  u are trying to parse the date in dont net and has nothing to do with the SQL server
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How will i be able to solve this error?The below code is able to insert into database sometimes and sometimes its giving me error like the above?
//DateTime dt1 = DateTime.Parse(TextBox13.Text);

               // pstartdate.Value = dt1;

               //DateTime dt2 = DateTime.Parse(TextBox14.Text);

               // psuspenddate.Value = dt2;

               //DateTime dt3 = DateTime.Parse(TextBox15.Text);

               // preceiveddate.Value = dt3;

               //DateTime dt4 = DateTime.Parse(TextBox16.Text);

               // pterminatedate.Value = dt4;

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ok when textboxex dont have value it will show error right?

Bcoz it will assign null values to parameter! to avoid this

check
if (dt4  == null)
{
pterminatedate.Value = "";
}
else
{
pterminatedate.Value = dt4.ToString("dd/MMM/yyyy");
}
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pterminatedate.Value =DBnull.Value;
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pterminatedate.Value =DBnull.Value;
not pterminatedate.Value = "';
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by:tryokane
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No no there is a value always  in the textbox.I mean that even though there is date in the text box it is giving error.
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if you are using
DateTime obj = DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value,dd/M/yyyy",null)

pstartdate.Value = obj.ToString("dd/MMM/yyyy");


then make sure that you are getting date in

12/3/2008 and not 12/03/2008

if you are getting date as 12/03/2008 then you should use like

DateTime obj = DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value,dd/MM/yyyy",null)
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DateTime obj = DateTime.ParseExact(TextBox13.Value,"dd/MM/yyyy",null)

Note : MM and M in format
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by:tryokane
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No it is not at all converting into the above format but directly raising an exception whenever it is encountering datetime.parseexact format.
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Anyone who can solve this problem???
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Ok i solved it using a function called convertdatefromstring.Thanks for all your suggestions.
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