MS Access extract date

Posted on 2012-09-07
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Last Modified: 2012-09-08

I'm having a little bit of difficulty trying to extract a date out of some fields because the format changes slightly on every record.
The fields are like:
Dec 5 (0.5hr)
Dec 5, 12 (0.5hr)
Sept 8
March 10, (.75hr)
January 7, 15 (1hr)

I have this so far:
        comma_exists = InStr(1, ItemLineDesc, ",")

        If (comma_exists > 0) Then
            first_date = Left(ItemLineDesc, InStr(1, ItemLineDesc, ","))
            first_date = Left(ItemLineDesc, InStr(4, ItemLineDesc, " "))
        End If

But with the comma I still have the comma at the end for the variable first_date when there is a comma.

I basically just need the date. Any help is appreciated.

Question by:Victor Kimura
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by:Gustav Brock
Gustav Brock earned 400 total points
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You could use:

ItemLineDesc = Replace(ItemLineDesc, ",", "")

to first filter out the comma.

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Accepted Solution

mbizup earned 1600 total points
ID: 38378110
You could also use this one-liner for the whole thing:

replace(split(ItemLineDesc," ")(0) & " " &  split(ItemLineDesc," ")(1),",","")

Author Closing Comment

by:Victor Kimura
ID: 38378149
mbizup, that's awesome! In one line!

Thanks, cactus_data
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Expert Comment

by:Gustav Brock
ID: 38378893
You are welcome!


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