Query Syntax in SSMS

I have a query I am trying to write and I have a couple of issues retrieving data:

Issue #1: I am trying to return the right 2 characters in a field that appears to be left justified. The field is a combined 'CITY ST' with a space delimiter before the 2 character state. I obviously cannot determine precisely where in that 50 character, left justified field the actual 2 characters will be.

Issue #2: I am trying to write an expression that I did have working in an Access database (I am trying to move my queries to management studio). The query in Access was:


error: Implicit conversion from data type datetime to float is not allowed. Use the CONVERT function to run this query.
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Jim HornSQL Server Data DudeCommented:
Give us some sample data to work with, but as a guess...

#1 - You'll need to trim the trailing spaces before you can get the last two characters, something like..
Declare @citystate char(50) = 'EDEN PRAIRIE, MN                  '
SELECT RIGHT(RTRIM(@citystate), 2) 

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>error: Implicit conversion from data type datetime to float is not allowed.
Explain for us the GETDATE()-[PER_DIEM_DATE] part, are you trying to get the difference in days?
PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
try this for #2

Think you need to use DATEDIFF() this returns an integer number of the units (I chose day as the unit)

Issue #1. Are you saying the state isn't always at the last 2 chars at the right?
Jim HornSQL Server Data DudeCommented:
Wild guess on #2..

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btw check out Migrating your Access Queries to SQL Server Transact-SQL for a wompload of helpful Access SQL to SQL Server T-SQL tips.

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sparker1970Author Commented:
Paul...with the 2 "ROUND" statements there was a missing argument for one of them.

St. Jimbo...the RTRIM statement worked perfectly...your "wild guess" was spot on with one exception, it was day not days.
sparker1970Author Commented:
See my last post for response on solutions.

Thank you very much!
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