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Query Works Locally But Not Server

I thought I had this query licked but something must be wrong.  The query below is one of about 7 that run on a report page.  It populates a gridview and piechart.  When I run it locally everything works fine, however, when I try to run it on the test server it throws the error "Conversion failed when converting date and/or time from character string".  I know it's something in the query since I have removed the datasource from the gridview and piechart and the rest of the report runs smoothly.  

Any ideas?????


PROC [dbo].[demoAgeCount]

@username varchar(15),
@dStart datetime = 'mm/dd/yyyy',
@dEnd datetime ='mm/dd/yyyy'

AS


SELECT age_group
	 , count(*) AS rows
FROM
	(
	 SELECT
		 CASE
			 WHEN isdate(DOB) = 1 THEN
				 CASE

					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 < 19 THEN
						 'a. Less Than 19'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 BETWEEN 19 AND 29 THEN
						 'b. 19-29'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 BETWEEN 30 AND 39 THEN
						 'c. 30-39'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 BETWEEN 40 AND 49 THEN
						 'd. 40-49'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 BETWEEN 50 AND 59 THEN
						 'e. 50-59'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 BETWEEN 60 AND 69 THEN
						 'f. 60-69'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 BETWEEN 70 AND 79 THEN
						 'g. 70-79'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 BETWEEN 80 AND 89 THEN
						 'h. 80-89'
					 WHEN (convert(VARCHAR(10), (datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate()))))
						 > 90 THEN
						 'i. Greater Than 90'
					 ELSE
						 NULL
				 END 
				 else null end  
as age_group                   
                   
                   
         FROM client 
         WHERE EXISTS( SELECT NULL 
                  FROM activity 
                 WHERE activity.charityckid=client.charityckid
		    AND client.CharityCkID = activity.CharityCkID
			 AND activity.username = @username
			 AND activity.date >= @dStart
			 AND activity.date <= @dEnd
                   ) 

       ) as T
 where age_group is not null  

group
    by age_group 
ORDER BY age_group

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pposton
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pposton
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Alan WarrenCommented:
Hi pposton,
if I run your script with the default values of the date params set the way you have them, I get the error too.
@dStart datetime = 'mm/dd/yyyy'
,@dEnd datetime ='mm/dd/yyyy'
-- Msg 241, Level 16, State 1, Line 6
-- Conversion failed when converting date and/or time from character string.

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If I give the default values an actual date string:
@dStart datetime = '2012-09-01 00:00:00'
,@dEnd datetime ='2012-09-30 23:59:00'
Returns:
 -- age_group	rows
 -- c. 30-39	3

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I suspect your procedure that is invoking a call to this sproc is passing in NULL for the date paramaters, then the sproc is attempting to use the date pattern that is defined as the default values.

Alan
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ppostonAuthor Commented:
it seems the issue is in the convert statement.  I substituded actually values for the parameters and I still get the error (on the server, not locally).  I thought the parameters would be okay since I have used them several times before and about 5 times on the same webform I'm trying to run this one on.

Any ideas why the convert varchar would not work on the server and how I might fix it?

Thanks!
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Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
The error is the invalid default values.  Change those first.

The CONVERTs should work as long as the date is in a valid format for that server and its settings.


Btw, you do realize that this:

datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate())

does NOT accurately calculate someone's age, right?

Datediff(YEAR actually just counts the number of times the date crosses from Dec 31 to Jan 1 during the range, not an actual number of "full" years.
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ppostonAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure I follow you, are saying by the default values the data that is in the database?

If I run the report with date values that just include one client with a DOB of 08/08/1963 and between the dates of 09/01/2012 and 09/05/2012, it should return 1 response in the 40-49 age group.  It still gives the error even though we are looking at a single record with correct date formats.

I'm new to this, but I just don't understand why it works on my computer but not after I upload to the server?  Also, these parameters and values work just fine in about 15 other reports even other queries on the same page?

Hope not to be a bother, I'm just trying to figure out the logic of what's going wrong.

Thanks for the responses!!
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ppostonAuthor Commented:
Also, what would suggest as a better solution for the datediff(YEAR, DOB, getdate())?  I had seen several other options online, but it seemed as there was no concensus.

Thanks
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darjimaulikCommented:
Hi,
When you are facing error related to date its best to verify the date format on the server.
The code/Query written by you may be accepting mm/dd/yyyy (Date Format on your system) and server has date format as dd/mm/yyyy or something else.
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ppostonAuthor Commented:
This is the date format I get when running select getdate()

2012-09-05 20:41:53.220

Which is the same thing I get on my local machine
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Alan WarrenCommented:
Hi pposton,

Are your date fields in the tables of type datetime or smalldatetime?

Wondering if this is sorta what you are looking for:
declare @username varchar(15) = 'Alan'
declare @dStart datetime = '2012-09-01 00:00:00' 
declare @dEnd datetime = '2012-09-05 23:59:00'

SELECT DISTINCT
        (Select COUNT(*) FROM activity a2 left join client c2 ON a2.charityckid = c2.charityckid WHERE c2.charityckid is not null and (a2.[date] >= @dStart) AND (a2.[date] <= @dEnd) AND (a2.username=a.username))  as Activities
		,a.username 
		,CASE	WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 19 THEN 'a. Less Than 19' 
				WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 29 THEN 'b. 19-29' 
				WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 39 THEN 'c. 30-39' 
				WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 49 THEN 'd. 40-49' 
				WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 59 THEN 'e. 50-59' 
				WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 69 THEN 'f. 60-69' 
				WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 79 THEN 'g. 70-79' 
				WHEN datediff(year, c.DOB, GETDATE()) < 89 THEN 'h. 80-89' 
				ELSE 'i. Greater Than 90' 
				END AS age_group

FROM        activity a left join 
				client c ON a.charityckid = c.charityckid 
WHERE c.charityckid is not null 
AND (a.[date] >= @dStart) 
AND (a.[date] <= @dEnd)
-- AND (a.username = @username) -- apply this to return only one row


-- Returns
Activities    username    age_group
1                Fred             g. 70-79
2                Alan             e. 50-59

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Alan
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ppostonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help and pointing me in the right direction.  After some trial and error I figured out a query to find and then eliminate the few rows of bad data and now everything is working well.

Thanks again!!
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