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Posted on 2011-03-16
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This should be easy, but just not working...How does one change an 8 character string 20100204 to a date using either sql syntax or SSIS - tried the DAta conversion but it fails,,,and SQL gives me something funky Dec 9 2 no matter what i use as an arg on the convert function...
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Question by:Gray5452
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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CONVERT(datetime, yourfield, 112)

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187928.aspx
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by:Gray5452
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it looks correct when I do it in a select but when I run the update the dates come out looking like Nov 13 2
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by:Sharath
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try this.
CONVERT(varchar,CONVERT(datetime,date_col,112),101)

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check this example
declare @col varchar(20) = '20100204'
select @col = CONVERT(varchar,CONVERT(datetime,@col,112),101)
select @col -- 02/04/2010

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by:BlakeRogers
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Try setting it as a variable first and seeing if that works with Sharaths CONVERT.

The other option is to do a CAST

CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29.123' AS datetime) AS 'datetime' 

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kumarnimavat earned 2000 total points
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You may try selecting by using the below given query
select convert(datetime, '20100204')

I tried updating a datetime field using the query given below which worked fine. You may give it a try.
update Table_1 set test = convert(datetime, '20100204')
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