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Need help converting Date field to numeric field
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Published: 30 Jun 2016
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Need help converting Date field to numeric field Published by: raynesnf on 30 Jun 2016 view comments(3)

Hi Everyone,  I'm having an issue trying to convert a date field to a numeric field.  Actually I'm taking a numeric field in MMDDCCYY, converting to a date CCYY-MM-DD, adding 120 days to the date and then trying to convert it back to a numeric field in MMDDCCYY format.  Everything works fine except for the final conversion.  I've found a couple of examples on the web on how to convert from date to numeric and I've tried them, but it's not working.  Here's my code:

D  Hlddat         S          D

    Hlddat = %date(S3crap:*usa);                                S3crap = 06302016

    Hlddat = Hlddat + %DAYS(120);                            

    S3cexp = %dec(%char(Hlddat:*usa):8:0;                Hlddat = '2016-10-28'

When this runs, the last statement gives an error message "A character representation of a numeric value is in error".  But to me, the Hlddat value is correct.  Is there something that I'm not seeing?

Thank you for any help you can provide.

Traci

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Posted by: Ringer
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Comment on: Need help converting Date field to numeric field
Posted: 1 years 27 days 3 hours 18 minutes ago

Hlddat += %DAYS(120);       

S3cexp = %dec(Hlddat:*USA) ;

Ringer

 

Posted by: BrianR
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Green Bay, WI
Comment on: Need help converting Date field to numeric field
Posted: 1 years 27 days 57 minutes ago
Edited: Fri, 01 Jul, 2016 at 11:02:04 (392 days ago)

If you wanted to code this all in one line and get rid of the work variable:

S3cexp = %dec((%date(S3crap:*usa) + %DAYS(120)):*usa);

Posted by: bobcozzi
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Comment on: Need help converting Date field to numeric field
Posted: 1 years 26 days 20 hours 43 minutes ago

The problem is you are converting a date field to character and then attempting to convert that character field to numeric. However, *USA format in character form looks like this: "10/28/2016" therefore %DEC can not convert it, because of the dashes. You want to avoid the inner %CHAR(hlddat) and just convert the date field using %DEC with the optional 2nd parameter of the format in which you would like to return the date.