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Hi - I am trying to convert effective date format from 11/20/2014 to 20141120.
I am writing that as a part of my script, and please check the attached script.

When i use the below script and run it seperately it works but when I use it as a part of my script it fails and gives me error message saying "can't use string ("Time::Piece") as an array ref while "Strict refs" in use at c:/Strawberry/perl/lib/Time/Piece.pm line 452, <INFILE> line 5"


use strict;
use warnings;
use Time::Piece;
my $dt = Time::Piece->strptime('01/20/2014', '%m/%d/%Y');
print $dt->strftime('%Y%m%d');
            
let me know what needs to be modified in my script.

Thanks
TESTSCRIPT.txt
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Question by:shragi
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Time::Piece->strftime('$effectiveDate', '%m/%d/%Y');
should be
Time::Piece->strptime($effectiveDate, '%m/%d/%Y');
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by:shragi
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That did not work, I got the below error when i modified
"error parsing time at C:/strawberry/perl/lib/time/piece.pm line 469, <INLINE> line 5"


my $dt = Time::Piece->strptime('$effectiveDate', '%m/%d/%Y');
print $dt->strftime('%Y%m%d');

also tried             
my $dt = Time::Piece->strptime('$effectiveDate', '%m/%d/%Y');
print $dt->strptime('%Y%m%d');

Thanks
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by:ozo
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You did not remove the ' ' around $effectiveDate
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by:wilcoxon
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As ozo said, you need to remove the single quotes around the $effectiveDate variable.  You are trying to convert the literal string $effectiveDate (which will obviously fail since it is not a date) rather than the value of $effectiveDate.
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