Formatting dates so blank/null records are blank otherwise as a date

How can I output a date field value as a date if there is a date value otherwise a blank field value?

Currently I have a data base where not all the records have a Term Date, formatted as 'YYYY-MM-DD 00:00:00.000'.  When I output the date the blank show as 1900-01-01 00:00:00.000.  If I use the convert(char, TermDate,101) statement, it is not a date format.

I want to be able to create a where clause later to filter based on the term date.

What can I do?


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Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
You would need to return the value as a string instead of a date or you need to handle the null in your presentation layer.

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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Data DudeCommented:
Brian is correct.  SQL can't pull off conditional data types such as date if it's a date and string if it's blank or 'multiple' or 'Not a valid date', so using NULL appears to be the best choice.
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