Need help with a query

Hi Experts,

In the query if the ExpPurchaseDt="" then Formatted_ExpPurchaseDt is coming as "01/01/1900". Is there anyway I can prevent it in the query. I want if  ExpPurchaseDt="" then Formatted_ExpPurchaseDt should be "", otherwise it should format the date.

This is my query.
SELECT ExpPurchaseDt, CONVERT(VARCHAR, CONVERT(DATE, ExpPurchaseDt), 101) as Formatted_ExpPurchaseDt
FROM JOBDETAILS where JobOrOpportunity='O'

Thanks in advance.
RadhaKrishnaKiJayaAsked:
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Pawan KumarDatabase ExpertCommented:
Informational , WITH 2012+ IIF is also there which handles these kind of scenarios.

Also note that always provide proper LENGTH while conversions and declaring variables like below
CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), CONVERT(DATE, @date), 101))

DECLARE @date VARCHAR(10)

SET @date = '2/5/2016'
SELECT IIF ( @date = '' , '' ,CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), CONVERT(DATE, @date), 101)) Formatted_ExpPurchaseDt

SET @date = ''
SELECT IIF ( @date = '' , '' ,CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), CONVERT(DATE, @date), 101)) Formatted_ExpPurchaseDt


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SELECT ExpPurchaseDt, IIF ( ExpPurchaseDt = '' , '' ,CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), CONVERT(DATE, ExpPurchaseDt), 101)) Formatted_ExpPurchaseDt
FROM JOBDETAILS where JobOrOpportunity='O'

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Also if you can change the data type of the date column to DateTime/Date that would be good!!

Thnx!
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Dustin SaundersDirector of OperationsCommented:
You can use a case statement.  See this example:

DECLARE @date varchar(50)
SET @date = '2/5/2016'
SELECT CASE WHEN @date = '' THEN '' ELSE CONVERT(VARCHAR, CONVERT(DATE, @date), 101) END
SET @date = ''
SELECT CASE WHEN @date = '' THEN '' ELSE CONVERT(VARCHAR, CONVERT(DATE, @date), 101) END

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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
>In the query if the ExpPurchaseDt=""
fyi this is one of the reasons a varchar column is a poor choice of data type to store date values, as it will allow values that cannot be converted to a date such as empty string '', 42, or 'banana', which will require queries to evaluate, convert it to a date format, and handle non-date values gracefully every time it needs to behave as a date.

Aside from that Dustin's comment above is the correct answer, just use a CASE block to pick it off.   For some extra reading on CASE check out the article SQL Server CASE
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RadhaKrishnaKiJayaAuthor Commented:
Thanks Mr. Jim for your suggestion.  When we do the next db design I will keep this thing in mind.
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PortletPaulfreelancerCommented:
And in the previous question I  provided an article reference you should read regarding using text as dates.  It's not a good thing to do.
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RadhaKrishnaKiJayaAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much. This is what exactly I wanted. In next project I will definitely make any date's datatype datetime.
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