The DATE data type in SQL Server 2008

The DATE data type in SQL Server 2008

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One of the new data types in SQL Server 2008 is the “DATE”.

The DATE data type provides only the date without requiring from the database developers to extract the date from the datetime anymore.

To this end you can just get the date with a single line of code:

select cast(SYSDATETIME() as DATE) as [current_date]

or

select cast(getdate() as DATE) as [current_date]

Isn’t that cool? 🙂


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Artemakis Artemiou
Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, Software Developer and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Among other, via his initiative SQLEBooks.com, Artemakis authors and publishes eBooks on different topics on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA). Additionally he is the founder of the SQLArtBits initiative that aims to provide the technical community with simple, yet powerful and high-quality SQL Server tools. Currently, the highlights of these tools are DBA Security Advisor and In-Memory OLTP Simulator. Artemakis's official website can be found at aartemiou.com. Artemakis's blogs can be found at: SQLNetHub.com and TechHowTos.com.