SQL convert date style formatting

I want to get a string in the format of "YYYYMMM" from date().  So far I have it down to Convert(nvarchar(10),date(),112) as [YYYYMMM].  I don't write much sql and need to add it to a stored procedure and don't want to break it.  Thanks for any help.
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
Close enough. Are you just trying to get the current date in that format? If so use getdate()

declare @myDate nvarchar(8)

select @myDate = convert(nvarchar(8),getdate(),112)

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Replace @myDate with whatever you want to call the variable.
PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
convert(nvarchar(10),getdate(),112) returns a date in the format YYYYMMDD (8 characters)

see: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/A_12315-SQL-Server-Date-Styles-formats-using-CONVERT.html


but you are asking for YYYYMMM (7 characters)
not sure if this is exactly what you meant, but YYYYMMM would be 'unusual'

e.g. 18th October 2013 would become: 2013OCT

for this I would try:

select datename(year, getdate() ) + upper( left( datename(month, getdate() ) ,3) )

or if a field, not getdate()

select datename(year, [date_field] ) + upper( left( datename(month, [date_field] ) ,3) )

return type from datename() is nvarchar
see: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms174395.aspx
table of examples: http://www.dailyfreecode.com/Code/datename-function-270.aspx

note also if using SQL Server 2012 there is the format() function which makes life easier with dates.
gseales12Author Commented:
Just to clarify I am looking for it to be "2013OCT".  I am not using it as a date but as a batch number.
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PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
that would be:

select datename(year, getdate() ) + upper( left( datename(month, getdate() ) ,3) )

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gseales12Author Commented:
Thank you
PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
no problem, thanks for the question, cheers. Paul
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