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I will personaly prefer to do something like cast(cast(getdate() as int) as datetime) to obtain de date of the day at midnight rather using datediff+dateadd functions.


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The wording of this question is ambiguous - if the question is "what would you expect this query to return", then any answer you select is correct by definition, as it's what you would expect. :-P



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I will personaly prefer to do something like cast(cast(getdate() as int) as datetime) to obtain de date of the day at midnight rather using datediff+dateadd functions.


There has been several discussions regarding this and iirc it was actually proven that the dateadd/datediff method is actually faster. Also, it doesn't use the knowledge of how datetime values are stored. If MS changes this, the dateadd/datediff method should still work as advertised.

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Thanks. After year and years working with sql, there always is something to learn.

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While looking at the answer choices, my brain kept saying "Yesterday Midnight + 100ms"

For me, Midnight today is tonight and the SQL answer is this morning at 100ms after midnight or 100ms after the beginning of day.
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I'm confused, if DateTime is only precise to 3.33 ms, why then is the answer just 1 ms off? Why not 3 ms?
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I will personaly prefer to do something like cast(cast(getdate() as int) as datetime) to obtain de date of the day at midnight rather using datediff+dateadd functions.


There has been several discussions regarding this and iirc it was actually proven that the dateadd/datediff method is actually faster. Also, it doesn't use the knowledge of how datetime values are stored. If MS changes this, the dateadd/datediff method should still work as advertised.

Oh, faster rather cast, really ?
I didn't know that, and were sure that cast were a fast operation front of manipulating functions.
Thx for the info, i'll test if to have an idea of the difference of performance.


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