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Posted on 2009-07-09
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Hello, ive got to date fields in my db with date and time and id like another column showing the difference in hours an minutes. in hte format hh:mm
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Question by:arcross
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by:Kyle Abrahams
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SELECT  TO_CHAR(TO_DATE(TRUNC(MOD(date2-date1,1)*86400),'SSSSS'), 'HH24:MI:SS') time
from TABLE

cast ((datediff(hh,begin_time,end_time)) + ':' + (datediff(mm,begin_time,end_time)) as varchar(10))
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by:Kyle Abrahams
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ignore the first, use the cast.
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Aneesh Retnakaran earned 1000 total points
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SELECT CAST(Col1 as datetime ) - Cast(Col2 as datetime )
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by:Kevin Cross
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Hello arcross,

See attached code snippet for another possible solution using MS SQL Server.

Regards,

mwvisa1
DECLARE @begin_date DATETIME, @end_date DATETIME
SET @begin_date = '2009-07-09 06:35'
SET @end_date = '2009-07-09 09:45' 
-- get results in minutes; convert to date as minutes from midnight; then use convert code 108 HH:mm format to display
SELECT CONVERT(VARCHAR(5), DATEADD(mi, DATEDIFF(mi, @begin_date, @end_date), 0), 108)

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by:arcross
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these two work...thanks to aneeshattingal (a little format there) and mwvisa1
1) SELECT CONVERT(varchar(5),endtime - starttime,108) from timesheet

2) SELECT starttime,endtime,CONVERT(VARCHAR(5), DATEADD(mi, DATEDIFF(mi, starttime, endtime), 0), 108) FROM timesheet

ged325 yours gave me this error..
"Conversion failed when converting the varchar value ':' to data type int."


thanks everyone!
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