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evanburen
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  12:14:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have two columns of data which are dates that I need to compare but only one of them is stored properly in date format.

Column A varchar(8)
Sample data: '08181942', '12191980'

Column B datetime
Sample data: '8/18/1942','12191980'

I want to see if the two values are equal. How do I convert or cast Column B as a string with the leading zero if needed?

I have this but it does not add the leading zero.

REPLACE(CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), ColumnB, 101), '/', '') AS DateofBirth

Thanks

Lamprey
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  12:50:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does this help?
DECLARE @Foo VARCHAR(30) = '8/18/1942';

SELECT RIGHT('0' + REPLACE(@Foo, '/', ''), 8)
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jimf
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  12:54:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ColumnB can't be datetime if you say have values of '8/18/1942' and '12191980' in it.

Jim

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evanburen
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  12:59:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by jimf

ColumnB can't be datetime if you say have values of '8/18/1942' and '12191980' in it.

Sorry, you're right. They are both varchar columns and the values are 8/18/1942 and 12/19/1980.

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evanburen
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  13:01:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lamprey

Does this help?
DECLARE @Foo VARCHAR(30) = '8/18/1942';

SELECT RIGHT('0' + REPLACE(@Foo, '/', ''), 8)




Yes, it does, but now I'm seeing the leading zero in the mm place also being dropped.

9/9/1957 should 09091957 and not 0991957
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James K
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  13:13:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is another way to fix it, but I am not hopeful that this would fix it all, because there may be dates in other formats and other variations:
DECLARE @Foo VARCHAR(30) = '8/18/1942';

SELECT 
	CASE 
		WHEN @Foo LIKE '%/%' THEN 
			RIGHT('0'+PARSENAME(REPLACE(@Foo,'/','.'),3),2)+
			RIGHT('0'+PARSENAME(REPLACE(@Foo,'/','.'),2),2)+
			PARSENAME(REPLACE(@Foo,'/','.'),1)
		ELSE @Foo
	END AS FixedUpDate
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evanburen
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  14:27:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It works really well, Jim. Thanks
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Lamprey
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Posted - 03/05/2013 :  16:31:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is another way to do it too:
DECLARE @Foo VARCHAR(30) = '8/18/1942';

SELECT REPLACE(CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), CONVERT(DATE, @Foo, 101), 101), '/', '')
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