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T-SQL: Changing DATETIME into DATE and "NULL" Where '1900-01-01 00:00:00.000'

Posted on 2016-08-03
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Hello:

I'm trying to return the SQL date time value of '1900-01-01 00:00:00.000' as NULL.  I'm using the code below.  But, instead, it's returning 01/01/1900.

True, I do want this date format of mm/dd/yyyy, if the date is a "real" date and not 01/01/1900.  But, I want the date returned as NULL, if it is 01/01/1900.

What's wrong with my syntax?

Thanks!

ISNULL(CONVERT(VARCHAR(10),RM20101.DUEDATE,101),'') as [DUE DATE]

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by:Kdo
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It's entirely possible that the stored date is zero (epoch date + zero) and not NULL.

Have you tested the column to make sure that the value is NULL and not the epoch date?


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by:John Ellis
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When there is no date, for this datetime field, SQL returns '1900-01-01 00:00:00.000'.  This field is a "not null datetime" field.

I found the means through that syntax of changing it to 01/01/1900.  But, I need it to read as NULL.  Otherwise, if it's a real date, I need it to read as mm/dd/yyyy.

And, I had this syntax typed up perfectly about an hour ago, until I closed out of SQL Studio and forgot to save the syntax.

So, yes, there is a way to do this.
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Shaun Kline earned 500 total points
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One possible solution:
declare @test datetime

set @test = '1900-01-01 00:00:00.001'

select case when @test = cast('1900-01-01' as datetime) then NULL else convert(varchar(10), @test, 101) end

set @test = GETDATE()

select case when @test = cast('1900-01-01' as datetime) then NULL else convert(varchar(10), @test, 101) end

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by:John Ellis
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Thank you, Shaun!  You got me to the solution, as follows:

CASE CAST(RM20101.DUEDATE as DATE) WHEN '01/01/1900' then NULL else convert(varchar(10), RM20101.DUEDATE, 101) 
END as [DUE DATE],

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by:PortletPaul
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when '19000101' ...

YYYYMMDD Is the safest way to represent a date in your tsql code.

Dont rely on mm/dd/yyyy which can be confused with dd/mm/yyyy
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