Posted on 2012-03-16
Last Modified: 2012-03-16

I have a SQL 2008 database with dates in a table stored in the format YYYYMMDD.


The above are examples of the dates in the tables.  The field is TRANDATE and the data is stored as decimal(9, 0).  I have written a SQL view to join a few tables so that we can use the view to pull data into microsoft excel with user friendly field names for analysis.  I am looking for a way to convert the dates so that they display as MM/DD/YYYY instead of the YYYYMMDD format.  I have searched ee and found the example:

Convert(VARCHAR(50),Convert(Datetime, '20110125'),101)

This successfully converts the string “20110125” to 01/25/2011.  I tried changing this to Convert(VARCHAR(50),Convert(Datetime, dbo.OESHDT.TRANDATE),101), however, I get the error message:

SQL Execution Error.

Executed SQL Statement: SELECT ……………………….
Error Source: .Net Sql Client Data Provider
Error Message: Arithmetic Overflow error converting expression to data type datetime.

I am extremely confused as to why I would get this error.  If I change the date string in the initial statement from '20110125' to any date like ‘20120316’, or with the function GetDate(), the date will be displayed correctly.  I would assume that putting the field name from the table would return the value and would work correctly.

Am I looking at this the wrong way?  Can someone please assist or show me another way?

Thanks in advance.
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select CONVERT(varchar(12),getdate(),101)

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select CONVERT(varchar(12),CONVERT(date, '20110125',100),101)

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What is the datatype for dbo.OESHDT.TRANDATE column and more important what junk data you may have in it? My guess is that this is the reason for your convert to fail. Strings or int in that column that would represent dates outside the 1900 to 2049 SQL/Windos platform knows.
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and make sure you have valid data in the column for all rows...

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The problem is with this part of your statement:
Convert(Datetime, dbo.OESHDT.TRANDATE)

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This tries to convert the number 20110125 and not the string '20110125' to datetime. That is not the same. You have to convert the value in TRANDATE to a string and then convert the result of that to datetime:
Convert(VARCHAR(50),Convert(Datetime, Convert(nvarchar, dbo.OESHDT.TRANDATE)),101)

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to find invalid data:

SET LANGUAGE us_english;

SELECT * from yourtable

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Effes, you hit the nail on the head!  It took me quite a while to digest the statement you provided after trying it out.  Thanks a lot.

HainKurt, I tried the statement in the table and it produced no results.

Thanks a lot for all your help.

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