Oracle TO_CHAR to SQL Server CONVERT Equivalents to change Date to String

Transact SQL (T-SQL)
Transact SQL (T-SQL)

When it comes to SQL I tend to lean on the SQL I have used the most over the years, which is Oracle.  Today was no exception, I found myself trying to use the TO_CHAR command in SQL Server to format a date, which of course does not work. So, after a little thought, here are some examples of how you can the SQL Server Convert Command the achieve the equivalent result.

Example SQL Server Date Conversion SQL
Example SQL Server Date Conversion SQL

Example SQL Server Date Conversion SQL Code

This SQL of examples runs, as is, no from table required.

 

Select

CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), GETDATE(), 20) as
‘YYYY-MM-DD’

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(19), GETDATE(), 20) as ‘YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS’

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(8), GETDATE(), 112) as YYYYMMDD

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(6), GETDATE(), 112) as YYYYMM

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(12), DATEPART(YEAR, GETDATE()))+ RIGHT(‘0’+CAST(MONTH(GETDATE()) AS VARCHAR(2)),2)
as
YYYYMM_Method_2

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(4), GETDATE(), 12) as YYMM

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(4), GETDATE(), 112) as YYYY

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(4), DATEPART(YEAR, GETDATE())) as YYYY_Method_2

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(4), YEAR(GETDATE())) as YYYY_Method_3

,RIGHT(‘0’+CAST(MONTH(GETDATE()) AS VARCHAR(2)),2) as Two_Digit_Month

,SUBSTRING(ltrim(CONVERT(VARCHAR(4), GETDATE(), 12)),3,2) as Two_Digit_Month_2

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(10), GETDATE(), 111) as ‘YYYY/MM/DD’

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(5), GETDATE(), 8) as ‘HH24:MI’

,CONVERT(VARCHAR(8), GETDATE(), 8) ‘HH24:MI:SS’

 

Map TO_CHAR formats to SQL Server

You can map an Oracle TO_CHAR formats to SQL Server alternative commands as follows:

TO_CHAR
String

VARCHAR
Length

SQL
Server Convert Style

YYYY-MM-DD

VARCHAR(10)

20,
21, 120, 121, 126 and 127

YYYY-MM-DD
HH24:MI:SS

VARCHAR(19)

20,
21, 120 and 121

YYYYMMDD

VARCHAR(8)

112

YYYYMM

VARCHAR(6)

112

YYMM

VARCHAR(4)

12

YYYY

VARCHAR(4)

112

MM

VARCHAR(2)

12

YYYY/MM/DD

VARCHAR(10)

111

HH24:MI

VARCHAR(5)

8,
108, 14 and 114

HH24:MI:SS

VARCHAR(8)

8,
108, 14 and 114

Translating the formats commands

Here are some example of translating the formats commands.

Format

SQL
Server

YYYY-MM-DD

CONVERT(VARCHAR(10),
GETDATE(), 20)

YYYY-MM-DD
HH24:MI:SS

CONVERT(VARCHAR(19),
GETDATE(), 20)

YYYYMMDD

CONVERT(VARCHAR(8),
GETDATE(), 112)

YYYYMM

CONVERT(VARCHAR(6),
GETDATE(), 112)

YYMM

CONVERT(VARCHAR(4),
GETDATE(), 12)

YYYY

CONVERT(VARCHAR(4),
GETDATE(), 112)

YYYY

CONVERT(VARCHAR(4),
DATEPART(YEAR, GETDATE()))

YYYY

CONVERT(VARCHAR(4),
YEAR(GETDATE()))

MM

RIGHT(‘0’+CAST(MONTH(GETDATE())
AS VARCHAR(2)),2)

MM

SUBSTRING(ltrim(CONVERT(VARCHAR(4),
GETDATE(), 12)),3,2)

YYYY/MM/DD

CONVERT(VARCHAR(10),
GETDATE(), 111)

HH24:MI

CONVERT(VARCHAR(5),
GETDATE(), 8)

HH24:MI:SS

CONVERT(VARCHAR(8),
GETDATE(), 8)

Related Reference

Microsoft Docs, SQL, T-SQL Functions, GETDATE (Transact-SQL)

Microsoft Docs, SQL, T-SQL Functions, Date and Time Data Types and Functions (Transact-SQL)

Microsoft Docs, SQL, T-SQL Functions, DATEPART (Transact-SQL)

SQL server table Describe (DESC) equivalent

Transact SQL (T-SQL)
Transact SQL (T-SQL)

Microsoft SQL Server doesn’t seem have a describe command and usually, folks seem to want to build a stored procedure to get the describe behaviors.  However, this is not always practical based on your permissions. So, the simple SQL below will provide describe like information in a pinch.  You may want to dress it up a bit; but I usually just use it raw, as shown below by adding the table name.

Describe T-SQL Equivalent

Select *

 

From INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS

Where TABLE_NAME = ‘<<TABLENAME>>’;

Related References

Microsoft SQL Server – Useful links

Microsoft SQL Server 2017
Microsoft SQL Server 2017

Here are a few references for the Microsoft SQL Server 2017 database, which may be helpful.

Table Of Useful Microsoft SQL Server Database References

Reference Type

Link

SQL Server 2017 Download Page

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-downloads

SQL SERVER version, edition, and update level

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/321185/how-to-determine-the-version–edition-and-update-level-of-sql-server-a

SQL Server 2017 Release Notes

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/sql-server/sql-server-2017-release-notes

SQL Server Transact SQL Commands

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189826(v=sql.90).aspx

Related References

Netezza / PureData – How To Get A List Of When A Store Procedure Was Last Changed Or Created

Netezza / Puredata - SQL (Structured Query Language)
Netezza / Puredata – SQL (Structured Query Language)

In the continuing journey to track down impacted objects and to determine when the code in a database was last changed or added, here is another quick SQL, which can be used in Aginity Workbench for Netezza to retrieve a list of when Store Procedures were last updated or were created.

SQL List of When A Stored Procedure was Last Changed or Created

select t.database — Database
, t.OWNER — Object Owner
, t.PROCEDURE — Procedure Name
, o.objmodified — The Last Modified Datetime
, o.objcreated — Created Datetime

from _V_OBJECT o
, _v_procedure t
where
o.objid = t.objid
and t.DATABASE = ‘<<Database Name>>
order by o.objmodified Desc, o.objcreated Desc;

 

Related References

 

Netezza / PureData – How To Get a SQL List of When View Was Last Changed or Created

Netezza / PureData SQL (Structured Query Language)
Netezza / PureData SQL (Structured Query Language)

Sometimes it is handy to be able to get a quick list of when a view was changed last.  It could be for any number of reason, but sometimes folks just lose track of when a view was last updated or even need to verify that it hadn’t been changed recently.  So here is a quick SQL, which can be dropped in Aginity Workbench for Netezza to create a list of when a view was created or was update dated last.  Update the Database name in the SQL and run it.

SQL List of When A view was Last Changed or Created

select t.database — Database
, t.OWNER — Object Owner
, t.VIEWNAME — View Name
, o.objmodified — The Last Modified Datetime
, o.objcreated — Created Datetime

from _V_OBJECT o
,_V_VIEW_XDB t
where
o.objid = t.objid
and DATABASE = ‘<<Database Name>>
order by o.objcreated Desc, o.objmodified Desc;

Related References

 

Netezza / PureData – How To Quote a Single Quote in Netezza SQL

How To Quote a Single Quote in Netezza SQL?

The short answer is to use four single quotes (””), which will result in a single quote within the select statement results.

How to Assemble the SQL to Quote a Single Quote in a SQL Select Statement

Knowing how to construct a list to embed in a SQL where clause ‘in’ list or to add to an ETL job can be a serious time saver eliminating the need to manually edit large lists.  In the example below, I used the Select result set to create a rather long list of values, which needed to be included in an ELT where clause.  By:

  • Adding the comma delimiter (‘,’) and a Concatenate (||) on the front
  • Followed by adding a quoted single Quote (entered as four single quotes (””)) and a Concatenate (||)
  • The Field I which to have delaminated and Quoted (S1.ORDER_NUM)
  • And closed with a quoted single Quote (entered as four single quotes (””))

This results in a delimited and quoted list ( ,’116490856′) which needs only to have the parentheses added and the first comma removed, which is much less work than manually editing the 200 item that resulted from this select.

Example SQL:

SELECT Distinct

‘,’||””|| S1.ORDER_NUM||”” as Quoted_Order_Number

FROM Sales S1

How to Quote A Single Quote Example SQL
How to Quote A Single Quote Example SQL

Related Reference

DataStage – How to use single quoted parameter list in an Oracle Connector

Data Integration
Data Integration

While working with a client’s 9.1 DataStage version, I ran into a situation where they wanted to parameterize SQL where clause lists in an Oracle Connector stage, which honestly was not very straight forward to figure out.  First, if the APT_OSL_PARAM_ESC_SQUOTE is not set and single quotes are used in the parameter, the job creates unquoted invalid SQL when the parameter is populated.  Second, I found much of the information confusing and/or incomplete in its explanation.   After some research and some trial and error, here is how I resolved the issue.  I’ll endeavor to be concise, but holistic in my explanation.

When this Variable applies

This where I know this process applies, there may be other circumstances to which is this applicable, but I’m listing the ones here with which I have recent experience.

Infosphere Information Server Datastage

  • Versions 91, 11.3, and 11.5

Oracle RDBMS

  • Versions 11g and 12c

Configurations process

Here is a brief explanation of the steps I used to implement the where clause as a parameter.  Please note that in this example, I am using a job parameter to populate on a portion of the where clause, you can certainly pass the entire where clause as a parameter, if it is not too long.

Configure Project Variable in Administrator

  • Add APT_OSL_PARAM_ESC_SQUOTE to project in Administrator
  • Populate the APT_OSL_PARAM_ESC_SQUOTE Variable \

APT_OSL_PARAM_ESC_SQUOTE Project Variable
APT_OSL_PARAM_ESC_SQUOTE Project Variable

Create job parameter

Following your project name convention or standard practice, if you customer and/or project do not have established naming conventions, create the job parameter in the job. See jp_ItemSource parameter in the image below.

Job Parameter In Oracle Connector
Job Parameter In Oracle Connector

Add job parameter to Custom SQL in Select Oracle Connector Stage

On the Job parameter has been created, add the job parameter to the SQL statement of the job.

Job Parameter In SQL
Job Parameter In SQL

Related References

IBM Knowledge Center > InfoSphere Information Server 11.5.0

Connecting to data sources > Databases > Oracle databases > Oracle connector

IBM Support > Limitation of the Parameter APT_OSL_PARAM_ESC_SQUOTE on Plugins on Parallel Canvas

IBM Knowledge Center > InfoSphere Information Server 11.5.0

InfoSphere DataStage and Quality > Stage > Reference > Parallel Job Reference > Environment Variables > Miscellaneous > APT_OSL_PARAM_ESC_SQUOTE