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declare @StartDate as date
declare @EndDate as date
set @StartDate = '1/14/2013'
set @EndDate = '1/14/2013'
declare @today as date
set @today = FORMAT( @today, 'dd/MM/yyyy') --(CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), GETDATE(), 101))
print @today --2013-01-14
if(@today != @StartDate)
print 'yes'
else
print 'no'


why isn't the above valid? how do i do this? i just need to today and startdate to match up
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Question by:fwstealer
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by:Jim Horn
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You can't format a date and set it to a date variable.

Perhaps you want to do..
IF CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), GETDATE(), 101) = CONVERT(VARCHAR(10),@StartDate, 101)  THEN
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by:Jim Horn
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FORMAT returns a nvarchar value, not a date value.
So you won't be able to compare a nvarchar to a date without risking an implicit conversion error.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh213505.aspx
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Chris Luttrell earned 2000 total points
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1st, as jimhorn is pointing out, you do not store anything in a DATE type variable in any format, it is always stored in the internal numberic date datatype, you can just display it in different formats using the CONVERT or FORMAT functions when retrieving it.

What are you wanting to do, just get the current date into the variable @today?
If so then use either GETDATE() or the ANSI standard CURRENT_TIMESTAMP to assign todays date to a variable like this:
set @today = CURRENT_TIMESTAMP
 modifing your code to this:
declare @StartDate as date
declare @EndDate as date
set @StartDate = '1/14/2013'
set @EndDate = '1/14/2013'
declare @today as date
set @today = CURRENT_TIMESTAMP--FORMAT( @today, 'dd/MM/yyyy') --(CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), GETDATE(), 101))
print @today --2013-01-14
if(@today != @StartDate)
print 'yes'
else
print 'no'

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results in this output:
2013-01-14
no

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which by your logic means that @today does equal @StartDate
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by:fwstealer
ID: 38778170
declare @StartDate as date
declare @EndDate as date
set @StartDate = '1/15/2013'
set @EndDate = '1/15/2013'
declare @today as date
set @today = CURRENT_TIMESTAMP--FORMAT( @today, 'dd/MM/yyyy') --(CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), GETDATE(), 101))
print @today --2013-01-14
if(@today = @StartDate)
print 'yes'
else
print 'no'

so I change it to do the above
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by:Jim Horn
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Just curious ... how did my first comment not solve the problem?
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