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Importing Date information from Exel into SQL Server 2008 Table

Posted on 2010-11-22
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I have a table with a definition like this:
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[SPECIAL_DAYS](
      [start_date] [date] NULL,
      [end_date] [date] NULL
) ON [PRIMARY]

I want to populate this table with data from an excel spreadsheet.   I know how to use the SQL Server import and export wizard.  My problem is with data type conversions.  I have tried formatting the spreadsheet as text and as date, but there is always a conversion error and no data gets loaded.    I'm using Excel 2007, and I'd like to do this using the import and export wizard.  How?
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by:BrandonGalderisi
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How many records?  What is the error?
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by:subhashpunia
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Try first importing the data in a varchar column as text data. Then add another column in table and update with right conversion functions.
Pls show the data as in excel file and the expected format.
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by:x-men
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try "set dateformat" on the SQL server, according to the format on the Excel Sheet
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by:cipriano555
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subhashpunia.

From your comment you seem to be saying, SQL server import wizard doesn't understand Excel formatting, at least not in this instance.  I would have thought if you formatted your data in Excel as a DATE, the import wizard would say, "oh, this is a date value, it's going into a date field" and do the obvious.  But it doesn't, it converts the date to an integer and then throws a conversion error.

I'm trying to make something easy for a user to input a fairly modest set of time frames, If I have to read it in as a varchar then convert, no problem, but I thought there would be a way to accomplish this directly without doing a conversion as you have described.

John

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Yes, Import wizard at least can directly import data in a Date type column. But I here suggested to import data in varchar type columns because sometime due to formatting in excel (some extra character added automatically) do not convert into date type. But after importing in SQL server we have full visibility on data and we can convert as needed.
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by:BrandonGalderisi
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User inputted data is the hardest thing to import because of human error and personal preference.  You don't know if 11/10/2010 is Nov-10 or Oct-11.  Or at least SQL Server doesn't always.  I would recommend, if you are having them input data into Excel, to do the validation into a known format in Excel so that SQL Server doesn't have any issues.  

The most important thing is for the data to be consistent.  Meaning you can't have 12/31/2010 and 31/12/2010 the same column.  Both are valid dates to SQL Server but it can't choose.

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