Datetime conversion

  • Kev Riley

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  • Yelena Varshal


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    What is interesting, that if you don't convert to the character string, the format is different:

    set language us_english

    set dateformat dmy


    declare @date datetime

    set @date = '11 apr 2008 17:10'

    select left(@date,1)

    select @date, convert(varchar(20), @date)



    2008-04-11 17:10:00.000 Apr 11 2008 5:10PM

    Regards,Yelena Varsha

  • Kev Riley

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    Yes - that shows the difference between the default conversion format and the default display format. I've seen many people get caught out by that before, expecting that left(@date,1) = '2'....hmm maybe I should have used that as one of the wrong answers....

  • Tom Garth


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    Yes. 2 should have been an option. I would have gotten it wrong then instead of testing it to get it right.

    Nice QoD. We are destined to constantly forget the simplest of things.


    select @date, convert(varchar(20), @date)

    is the same as

    select @date, convert(varchar(20), @date, 0)

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  • Anipaul


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    Nice question......

  • Terry Maher

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    This is probably a stupid question, but what controls the formatting of a datetime column with no cast/convert (in SQL query analyzer or management studio)?

  • Yelena Varshal


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    Either Microsoft Programmers or Defaults.

    In the CAST and CONVERT (TSQL) BOL article there is a table with formats. My date is returned as the following if Management Studio query window withput formatting:

    2000-04-06 18:06:31.000

    according to the table, the format name and description for that are:

    ODBC canonical (with milliseconds)

    yyyy-mm-dd hh:mi:ss.mmm(24h)

    It is not just default:

    Default mon dd yyyy hh:miAM (or PM)

    My assumption that it may be a front end (Management Studio) programmers formatted it this way because of 2 things:

    1. When I use Profiler to profile running a query in Management Studio, the Profiler shows the original query, so the formatting is done in the front end.

    2. Linked Server to Oracle query returnes dates /times in the same format as when running a query towards SQL Server.

    Regards,Yelena Varsha

  • Michael Spencer


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    Best QoD in a while. More like this, please!

  • kapil_kk


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    good question but confusing one....

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