Understanding Date and Time Functions and Operations in SQL Server
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by Abhishek Kumar Singh
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Using SET DATEFORMAT command in SQL Server 2005

By using SET DATEFORMAT <format> through we can set SQL Server to accept a different format of date string to be assigned and used in DATETIME variable.

For example, try to execute the following query:

SET @dt = '23/2008/09'

In this query we tried to assign a date string of format DYM (date-year-month) into a DATETIME variable, which SQL Server does not accept by default. SQL Server may show the following error. The conversion of a char data type to a datetime data type resulted in an out-of-range datetime value.

To allow SQL Server to do so, we need to execute the following statement.


Now executing this query again will be successful.


SET @dt = '23/2008/09'


2008-09-23 00:00:00.000

One important point to note is that SET DATEFORMAT <format> command remains valid only for the current connection.

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