compare varchar in a query as a datetime

Posted on 2010-01-12
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
table was design a while ago as:

   id              uniqueidentifier not null,
   name        varchar(64),
   solddate        varchar(64),
   type          int

this query fails:
select count(*) as AssetsSold from Tab
where isdate(solddate) = 1
and solddate is not null
and convert(datetime,solddate,101)
between convert(datetime,'10/1/2009',101) and convert(datetime,'1/1/2010',101)

with the following error:
"Conversion failed when converting datetime from character string."

how can I pull these (varchar) values and compare them as dates?
Question by:ipaman
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by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 26298086
whats the dateformat on solddate  
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Chris Luttrell earned 300 total points
ID: 26298819
try this, it checks solddate in that last where condition again, that is where you problem was.
select count(*) as AssetsSold from Tab
where isdate(solddate) = 1
and solddate is not null
and convert(datetime,CASE WHEN isdate(solddate) = 1 THEN solddate ELSE NULL END,101) 
between convert(datetime,'10/1/2009',101) and convert(datetime,'1/1/2010',101)

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Expert Comment

ID: 26298902
Try the following...

select convert(char(10),solddate,101) as AssetsSold from AssetsSold
where isdate(solddate) = 1
and solddate is not null
and convert(char(10),solddate,101)
between convert(char(10),'10/1/2009',101) and convert(char(10),'1/1/2010',101)
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Expert Comment

ID: 26303444
You apparently have data in the solddate field that is not in mm/dd/yyyy format. What does the following return?
select convert(datetime,solddate,101) from tab
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Expert Comment

ID: 26303456
Is it possible you have null values in the solddate field?

Author Comment

ID: 26304069
aneeshattingal: date format is not always known but typically mm/dd/yyyy

MohammedU: your returns no rows, even with different date values (that I know are valid)

awking00: yours returns many rows then errors when it htis a unusual format: Conversion failed when converting datetime from character string.
also, I am checking for nulls in my original query.

CGLuttrell: Yours returns a valid number. I suspect I am not getting all the dates because of the varying formats. probably nothing I can do about it. The query is probably the best in this circumstance.
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Expert Comment

by:Aneesh Retnakaran
ID: 26304531
check whether your table contain invalid date values

select *
from tablename
where isdate(solidDate) = 0


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