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need to convert string 030308 into smalldatetime

Posted on 2009-04-14
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when using the below query I get the error 'Arithmetic overflow error converting expression to data type smalldatetime.'

UPDATE    tblCourseHistory
SET              Starting_Date = RIGHT(Course_Code, 6)
WHERE     (Starting_Date IS NULL)

Starting_Date has a datatype of smalldatetime
Course_Code has a dataype of nvarchar
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by:ViceroyFizzlebottom
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Try:

Starting_Date = CAST(RIGHT(Course_Code,6) AS SMALLDATETIME)
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The other thing that may be going on is if Course_Code does not have at leas 6 characters. You may want to check your string length before making the assignment.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 500 total points
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this format will not "work" directly for cast/convert:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187928.aspx

so, a bit of manual work will do:
UPDATE    tblCourseHistory
SET              Starting_Date = CONVERT(datetime,   RIGHT(Course_Code, 2)  + LEFT(RIGHT(Course_Code, 6), 4),   12)
WHERE     (Starting_Date IS NULL)

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Thank you
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