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Posted on 2008-06-24
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How to I convert DateTime - 2008-04-24 00:00:00.000 to AP stype date?
AP stype would be:
Jan,
Feb
March
April
May
June
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Is there any function out there?
Any ideas/thoughts?
Thanks
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Question by:martyje
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 21859469
DATENAME(month, yourfield)
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by:morristhebear
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Using PHP, you could use the function below.

(This will return Jan, Feb, March, ..., Dec; change the M (the first argument for the date function) to match your needs, using these options (http://www.php.net/date)
<?php
	
	function nice_date ($string_date) {
		return date ('M', strtotime ($string_date));
	}
	
?>

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by:martyje
ID: 21860123
Sorry, didn't explained it well, that 'll return only the month. I am trying to convert it to the following format
June 23, 2008 etc...
March 04, 2007
Jan 12, 2008

Thanks.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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this expression will do:

CONVERT(varchar(11), yourfield, 109)

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by:morristhebear
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My function can be changed easily to display the date in different formats, for the format you requested, use this instead:
<?php
	
	function nice_date ($string_date) {
		return date ('M d, Y', strtotime ($string_date));
	}
	
?>

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by:martyje
ID: 21860273
morristhebear: the function works great but, I am trying to get the date format as in the list above.
It should say March not Mar
Any month that has four letters, it should say the whole month or first there letters such as Jan for January.

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by:morristhebear
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There's no format for that type of date in the PHP manual.  Maybe this will work though, any month with more than 5 letters (i.e January, February, August, September, October, November, December), show the abbreviation, else show the whole month name (i.e - March, April, May, June, July).
<?php
	
	function nice_date ($string_date) {
		if (strlen(date('F', strtotime ($string_date))) > 5) {
			return date ('M d, Y', strtotime ($string_date));
		} else {
			return date ('F d, Y', strtotime ($string_date));
		}
	}
	
?>

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by:morristhebear
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Actually, I didn't read what you wanted properly.  I've looked at your list of months you provided and come up with this, this should do the months exactly how you want them, haven't tested though...
<?php
	
	function nice_date ($string_date) {
		$ap_dates = array (
			'Jan', 'Feb', 'March', 'April',
			'May', 'June', 'July', 'Aug',
			'Sept', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'
		);
		return $ap_dates[date('n')-1] . ' ' . date('d') . ', ' . date('Y');
	}
	
?>

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morristhebear earned 1000 total points
ID: 21860526
Forget the above, that will return todays date in the format you requested.  This should be it:
	function nice_date ($string_date) {
		$ap_dates = array (
			'Jan', 'Feb', 'March', 'April',
			'May', 'June', 'July', 'Aug',
			'Sept', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'
		);
		return $ap_dates[date('n', strtotime($string_date))-1] . ' ' . 
			   date('d', strtotime($string_date)) . ', ' . 
			   date('Y', strtotime($string_date));
	}

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