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Access, SQL: how to select dates older than

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Hi X-perts,

I need to select records with the date field older than a certain date;

"SELECT [MSCI] FROM EFdb WHERE [dates] >= 9/1/2006"

It returns ALL the records and doesn't filter the dates

What is the correct syntax for this?

Thanks
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by:mrjoltcola
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Try quoting the date. 9/1/2006 will probably be evaluated as a fractional number instead of a date.
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Quotes are not the literal date delimiter ... you should use the octothorpes (#) ...

"SELECT [MSCI] FROM EFdb WHERE [dates] >= #9/1/2006#"

A note about the octothorpes delimiters, it will force Jet/Access to assume US date format if the date is in an ambiguous format, so, when creating my SQL statements via code, I will use an unabiguous formation ....

"SELECT [MSCI] FROM EFdb WHERE [dates] >= #2006-09-01#"
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by:Anthony Perkins
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This is how you do it in T-SQL:
"SELECT [MSCI] FROM EFdb WHERE [dates] >= '20060901"

Or more appropriately (assuming US mdy format):
"SELECT [MSCI] FROM EFdb WHERE [dates] >= CONVERT(datetime, '9/1/2006', 101)"
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by:Anthony Perkins
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P.S. If this is not an MS SQL Server question, please refrain from adding the MS SQL Server Zone.
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by:datAdrenaline
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Good follow up acperkins ... in T-SQL the date delimiter is the single quote .... so ... I persoally still stick with International format ...

SELECT [MSCI] FROM EFdb WHERE [dates] >= '2006-09-06'
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by:mrjoltcola
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>>Quotes are not the literal date delimiter ... you should use the octothorpes (#) ...

Since the question was in the SQL Server Zone I assumed it was a SQL Server query. I did not notice Access in the zones when I answered.
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by:andy7789
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Thank you all! Sorry for the confusion with the zones  :)
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by:datAdrenaline
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>> Since the question was in the SQL Server Zone I assumed it was a SQL Server query <<

LOL ... I looked at the title and saw "Access" ... I didn't even see the Zone! ... :-S
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