Oracle - Date time special format


I have a varchar2 Oracle field called "" that contains a special date time format "YYYY-MM-DD"T"HH:MM:SS". Ex: 2018-09-02T19:30:00

From that date, i would like to get the day name of it. In above example, "Sun" would be the day of August 2 2018.

I tried multiple TO_CHAR(TO_DATE(DATE_TIME_START but does not recognize the value as a date. How can i do that?


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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
Try this:
select to_char(to_date('2018-09-02T19:30:00', 'YYYY-MM-DD"T"HH24:MI:SS'),'Dy')
from dual;

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slightwv (䄆 Netminder) Commented:
I suppose I should have completed it:
Select  ID, CUSTOMER, DATE_TIME_START from Schedule where to_char(to_date(DATE_TIME_START, 'YYYY-MM-DD"T"HH24:MI:SS'),'Dy') = 'Sun';

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Whenever I hear of a date/time stored as a string, there are data conversion issues.  I expect data problems.  If you can create a function, there are a few examples out there that validate strings as dates.  If that is an option ,we would need to know what you would like returned for bad data.

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Wilder1626Author Commented:
Thank you. This is working. Unfortunately, I don't have control over the database since i only have a read only access. But it's good to know about potential problems with date / time as a string.
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