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I have a object (date) inthe universe that can have the following two formats.

I want to do somehting like
If table1.type = 'twitter' then
table1.date = convert the exsiting value into a readable date format
If table1.type = 'facebook' then
table1.date = convert the exsiting value into a readable date format

Basically I am getting a date sourced from either twitter or facebook and they are different formats and I want to convert them to a consistent and readable format.

Is there a way to do that within the universe?
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assuming
1, the underlying dbms is Oracle,
2, that table1.date is actually a varchar
3, the 2 varchar date formats are 100% consistent

then something along these lines should work

case when table1.type = 'twitter'  then to_char(to_date(table1.date,'MM-DD-YYYY'),'YYYY-MM-DD')
         when table1.type = 'facebook' then  to_char(to_date(table1.date,'MM/DD/YYYY'),'YYYY-MM-DD')
         else NULL
end

this relies on conversion to date first, then applying a format. If the source formats aren't consistent and some won't convert to date then a different approach may be needed (string manipulation); but I won't propose a solution involving string manipulation if it's not needed and without seeing what the source formats are like.
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by:Amitkumar Panchal
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Agree with PortletPaul.

If dbms is oracle then decode will also help you (that is similar to one provided by PortletPaul).

decode(table1.type, 'twitter', to_char(to_date(table1.date,'MM-DD-YYYY'),'YYYY-MM-DD'), 'facebook', to_char(to_date(table1.date,'MM/DD/YYYY'),'YYYY-MM-DD'), null)

by the way, which dbms are you using ?
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It is possible.  What formats do the dates have?

Are they date strings or a numeric representation?

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PortletPaul - thanks not sure how would I add this in Business Objects I will take a look thanks
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If his code is accurate you just need to add an object (dimension) to the universe
Choose the class to add it to
Right click the class
Click NEW
Give it a meaningful name
Set it as a dimension
Put the SQL into the SELECT box
Validate the SQL
Click OK

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Please do note that I'm expecting you to provide the relevant format strings, both of these are pure guesses

MM-DD-YYYY (twitter)
MM/DD/YYYY (facebook)

and I don't know what format you wanted as output, I used YYYY-MM-DD
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