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SQL Server Syntax

Posted on 2011-10-31
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I've just switched the backend of my application from MS Access to SQL Server.
This sytax worked with my Access database but it won't return anything from SQL Server:
SELECT Count(id) AS Countid FROM MyTable where PersonAddedOn like '%"& (Date()) & "%'
Would you please let me know what the correct syntax is?
Thank you
Question by:baxtalo
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Expert Comment

ID: 37059487
Try this.

'%' + CONVERT(varchar(10),GETDATE(),101) + '%'
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Paul_Harris_Fusion earned 1000 total points
ID: 37059558
The function Date() in Access returns todays date.   The equivalent in SQL Server is GetDate( which returns current date time.  

Also, concatenation is + rather than &

However, getting the same results as your Access query will requiire you to control the way in which the date is rendered as a string.

An example of one syntax is shown below

Select Count(id) as CountId
From MyTable
Where PersonAddedOn like '%' + SELECT CONVERT(VARCHAR, GETDATE(), 101)  + '%'

This formats todays date in MM/DD/YYYY format using the 101 format.
Change the 101 if you need a different date format.
More information on controlling the date format can be found here:


Author Comment

ID: 37059595
I've just tried it but it didn't return anything. I forgot to mention that I'm using Classic ASP on my page. This code is on my Confirmation page and my goal is to display how many submissions have been sent to the database today. In my SQL Server database the PersonAddedOn column is 'datetime' and it records the date and time of submission when I enter a record.
Set objConn = CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
objConn.ConnectionString = "Provider=sqloledb;SERVER=DASTVMSQLCX01;DATABASE=MyDatabase;UID=DDUser;PWD=DB123456;"

' To get the RecordCount, without the [RecordSet = CreateObject]
' This keeps the code a little cleaner.
Set sqlCount = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Command")
sqlCount.Prepared = true
sqlCount.CommandText = "SELECT Count(id) AS Countid FROM MyTable where PersonAddedOn like '%' + CONVERT(varchar(10),GETDATE(),101) + '%' "
set objRs = sqlCount.Execute
CountID = int(objRs("CountID"))
Set ObjRs = Nothing
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tim_cs earned 1000 total points
ID: 37059641
You'll want to convert the PersonAddOn to then.  

where CONVERT(varchar(10),PersonAddedOn,101) like '%' + CONVERT(varchar(10),GETDATE(),101) + '%'

Author Closing Comment

ID: 37059663
Thank you very much; it worked.
I've learned a lot.
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Expert Comment

ID: 37059669
Since your date is stored as date time, then you just need to ignore the time part if that is your requirement

Select Count(id) as CountId
From MyTable
Where  CONVERT(VARCHAR, PersonAddedOn , 101)  

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