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import text datetime into SQL

Posted on 2012-12-28
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How would I get the last column of the below text table into an SQL field that is a datetime field?  The first two columns are imported into varchar fields.  The last column needs to be converted into a datetime.


0016070|06|20141001|
0016071|06|20141001|
0016072|06|20141001|
0016073|06|20141001|
0016074|06|20141001|
0016075|06|20141001|
0016076|06|20141001|
0016077|06|20141001|
0016078|06|20141001|
001607B|06|20141001|
00160J0|06|20141001|
00160J1|06|20141001|
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 167 total points
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cast(thatpart as date)
will work, as the format yyyymmdd is implicitly ok.

see also this article:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/Miscellaneous/A_1499-DATE-and-TIME-don%27t-be-scared-and-do-it-right-the-first-time.html
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by:Dale Burrell
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convert(datetime, {value}, 112)

ref http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187928.aspx
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by:sachitjain
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You may need to first import or bulk insert these records into some staging table with all varchar columns then you could do like this

begin transaction
      insert into ActualTable (Col1, Col2, Col3)
      select Col1, Col2, CONVERT(datetime, Col3, 112) from StagingTable
      delete from StagingTable
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by:dastaub
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INSERT INTO orders1 ( order_date , ordering_client_id )
VALUES ( cast('20121215' as datetime), 2 )

The above works.  How do you conver this to import hundreds of row?
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by:Dale Burrell
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Depends how are you currently importing your hundreds of rows?
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by:dastaub
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i do not know how to import hundreds of rows
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by:Dale Burrell
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Your question only asks how to import the datetime component, you say "The first two columns are imported into varchar fields". which implies you are already importing the varchar data.

Your question as such has been answered - you should probably ask another question if you need to know how to go about doing an import. And you'll need to specify what format the data is in that you are trying to import e.g. is it just a text file with the data as you listed, and roughly how many rows are there?
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by:dastaub
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tried to sneak one in or keep the conversation going
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