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Convert date format in DB2 SQL

Posted on 2008-10-24
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Is there an existing function in DB2 SQL, to convert date format from '10/24/2008' to '2008-10-24'
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is there an equivalent to DATEPART('yyyy', MyDate) in DB2 SQL
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Question by:Yossele
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by:jfmador
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Hello

Under DB2 you can try Year(myDate)

Here is a redbook from ibm about conversion between MSSQL query and db2
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/pdfs/sg246672.pdf
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Kent Olsen earned 50 total points
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Hi Yossele,

Internally, DB2 stores a date as an integer.  (Oddly, October 24, 2008 is stored as the integer value 20081024 and not as a day count.)  The concept of a date format is purely a display option.

You can set the default date format to be most any of the widely accepted formats.  You can even customize it to meet your needs.

As for extracting part of a date, see the YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions.

SELECT * FROM sometable WHERE year (rowdate) = 2008;


Good Luck,
Kent
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by:Dave Ford
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It kind of depends on how the date is stored in your database.

Ideally, the column would have a datatype of DATE. If that's the case, then setting the date-format in your connection-settings is pretty easy. (odbc ... jdbc ... etc)

Unfortunately, I've often seen dates stored as 10-character strings. Translating that to a date is pretty easy, though, by just using the DATE function. Then, as long as your date-format is set correctly, it'll return in your desired format.

(see example below)

HTH,
DaveSlash

With a varchar date:
 
select vDate,
       char(date(vDate),iso)
from   dford/deleteme
 
VDATE       CHAR conversion
10/24/2008    2008-10-24   
10/17/2008    2008-10-17   
09/24/2008    2008-09-24   

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