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Posted - 08/09/2007 :  11:11:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

i made an sql statmente with cursor that gets some info. this info contains a date in this format "dd/mm/yyyy" because is a varchar field.

Now i want to copy that info to another field but this field in database are in this format "mm/dd/yyyy"....

so my problem is how to change the first format do the second and update the new info.

i tried yet with convert, but not works


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Posted - 08/09/2007 :  12:06:38  Show Profile  Visit jsmith8858's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Why are you using varchar to store dates ????

Never store dates in any particular format using string formats. Always simply use the DateTime data type. This the most important and most basic rule of database design. Always, always, always use correct data types in your database designs.

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Posted - 08/10/2007 :  01:38:32  Show Profile  Send madhivanan a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
1 As said, dont use varchar to store dates. Use DATETIME datatype
2 Create another column with proper DATETIME datatype and update that column by

Update table
set datetime_column=dbo.proper_date(replace(varchar_column,'/',''))
(Use the function from

3 Let the front end application do the formation


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