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Date Format in Csv File - US and UK Format

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Hi

I have a file csv file, sometimes the date is in UK and sometimes it is US Format.
The file is loaded onto SQL Server using DTS, how do you detect if the date is US or UK so to convert it in the correct format.
I know that the below converts from US to UK, but I need something to detect it row by row and then convert it accordinarly
CONVERT(datetime, MIFL.[Report Date], 101) as 'RepDate',

Any help will be great.
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by:allie
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As far as I know, if you're working with a .csv file, and the date format can be different from one row to the next, there is no way to automatically determine if it's US or UK.  There's just no way to look at the text like '03/04/2009' and know if it's March 4th or April 3rd.

Is it possible to get the date in MMM-dd-YYYY format, like 'APR-03-2009', which could be standardized?
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>The file is loaded onto SQL Server using DTS, how do you detect if the date is US or UK so to convert it in the correct format.<<
You can't.  The best you can do is load the data in a staging table (I trust you are already doing that) as character data and check then.
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I am loading it into a staging table but how do I check it and convert it from here
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by:Anthony Perkins
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Are all the dates in one format or the other?  Or could each row be different?
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nmcdermaid earned 500 total points
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Are yuo looking at the CSV in Excel or notepad? Excel applies its own formatting and that clouds the issue. Look at it in notepad and see if it really does change formats. Unless your source system specifically stores them in this ambiguous format then I would be suprised if the format does change within the file.
Basically there is no way to tell if 01-02-09 is 1st Feb 09 or 2nd Jan 09 unless you have something telling you what format it is.
Why don't you post some example data.
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When I created the temp table, I created it as DateTime, I changed this to Varchar(50) and import the data from the file, then I do a convert when extracting the data accross.
Thanks for all your help!
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You are welcome.
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