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Hi Experts

I have following function which is use to convert dates to numeric value such as 11-16-2010 to 20101611. However I am getting errors possibly because of  nulls in the field. I need to have conversion keeping null values intact.

Function ConvertDateToNumeric(pDate As Date) As Long

    Dim LYear As Integer
    Dim LMth As Integer
    Dim LDay As Integer

    'Extract the year, month, and day values from the date parameter called pDate
    LYear = (DatePart("yyyy", pDate)
    LMth = (DatePart("m", pDate)
    LDay = (DatePart("d", pDate)
   
     'Format new number as a yyyymmdd value
     
   ConvertDateToNumeric = CLng(CStr(LYear) & Right("00" & CStr(LMth), 2) & Right("00" & CStr(LDay), 2))
     
End Function

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by:cyberkiwi
ID: 34150745
You need to change pDate to Variant to accept Null

if IsNull(pDate) then
ConvertDateToNumeric = pDate
else
ConvertDateToNumeric = Year(pDate)*10000+Month(pDate)+100+Day(pDate)
end if
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by:drivers
ID: 34150947
Hi

I am getting "invalid use of null" error

trying this

Function ConvertDateToNumeric(pDate As Variant) As Long
 
If IsNull(pDate) Then
ConvertDateToNumeric = pDate
Else
ConvertDateToNumeric = Year(pDate) * 10000 + Month(pDate) + 100 + Day(pDate)
End If
   
End Function

thanks
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by:cyberkiwi
ID: 34151136
If you want nulls to be returnable, then the function must return Variant, not Long
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ID: 34151621
This is all you need to do this conversion:

Public Function ConvertDateToNumeric(pDate As Variant) As Variant
    If Not IsDate(pDate) Then Exit Function
    ConvertDateToNumeric = Split(pDate, "-")(2) & Split(pDate, "-")(1) & Split(pDate, "-")(0)
End Function

mx
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by:drivers
ID: 34151742
Thanks mx

getting "subscript out of range" error

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by:drivers
ID: 34151812
cyberkiwi

changed to variant and receiving "type mistmatch" error

Function ConvertDateToNumeric(pDate As Variant) As Variant

If IsNull(pDate) Then
ConvertDateToNumeric = pDate
Else
ConvertDateToNumeric = Year(pDate) * 10000 + Month(pDate) + 100 + Day(pDate)
End If

any suggestions?

End Function

thanks
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cyberkiwi earned 1000 total points
ID: 34151948
drivers,

How are you using it?
I create a table with 2 fields, one of them datetime.
Table Test1, dt date/time, id autonumber

Insert 2 records, one that is null, and one that is a valid date

I put this function in a module
Function ConvertDateToNumeric(pDate As Variant) As Variant
If IsNull(pDate) Then
ConvertDateToNumeric = pDate
Else
ConvertDateToNumeric = Year(pDate) * 10000 + Month(pDate) + 100 + Day(pDate)
End If
End Function

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I create a query against the table:
SELECT *, ConvertDateToNumeric(dt) from Test1

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And it all runs as expected.

What problem are you getting?
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by:drivers
ID: 34151980
cyberkiwi

No actually 2 tables.

Tbl1.Datem = date/timeformat  (source)  value: 11/16/2010 or null
Tbl2.Datem = Long integer       (destination)  value: 20101116 or null

I am calling this function in an append query.

thanks

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by:cyberkiwi
ID: 34151995
I still get no error

I created table Test2, id autonumber, intval Long
I used this update query

Insert into Test2(intval)
SELECT ConvertDateToNumeric(dt) from Test1
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by:drivers
ID: 34152012
hmm.. then it could be related to any other field being used in the query. I'll double check and get back to you... thanks for quick responses.
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ID: 34152225
drivers:
What format are your dates being passed in. In your Q you show 11-16-2010  dashes
Above you show 11/16/2010 - slashes

"getting "subscript out of range" error"
What was actually passed in pDate ?  

mx
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by:cyberkiwi
ID: 34152250
pDate is a column from a table, so it is indeterminate what format it will be when implicitly cast to string in Split()
On my machine, inspecting a date value gives a string equivalent of d/m/yyyy.  But it could be anything, probably dependent on regional settings.
Split is a bad idea imho
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ID: 34152411
ok ... one more time:

Public Function ConvertDateToNumeric(pDate As Variant) As Variant
    If Not IsDate(pDate) Then Exit Function
    pDate = Format(pDate, "yyyy-mm-dd")
    ConvertDateToNumeric = Split(pDate, "-")(0) & Split(pDate, "-")(1) & Split(pDate, "-")(2)
End Function

mx
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by:Gustav Brock
ID: 34153441
Here is how to achieve this.

/gustav
Public Function ConvertDateToNumeric(ByVal varDate As Variant) As Variant

  Dim varNum As Variant

  If IsDate(varDate) Then
    varNum = Int(Format(varDate, "yyyymmdd"))
  Else
    varNum = Null
  End If

  ConvertDateToNumeric = varNum

End Function

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by:drivers
ID: 34155194
Thanks everyone but cyberkiwi's solution worked for me.
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