I need to change column
datatype without affecting data in that column. I have table structure below:
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[PROJECT_LOG]( [ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [UNIT] [int] NULL, [NAME] [nvarchar](100) NULL, [STATUS] [numeric](1, 0) NULL, [LOG] [nvarchar](200) NULL, [LAST_UPDATE] [nvarchar](100) NULL ) ON [PRIMARY] GO
Now, I have around 200 records below:
I want to change column
LAST_UPDATE (current mm/dd/yyyy format) to
datetime2. Can anyone help me with this?
I tried using convert query for the same as the guys suggested below and answer here.
-- Add new column. ALTER TABLE [dbo].[PROJECT_LOG] ADD LAST_UPDATE_TIME DATETIME; -- Convert value. UPDATE [dbo].[PROJECT_LOG] SET LAST_UPDATE_TIME = CONVERT(nvarchar, REPLACE(LEFT(LAST_UPDATE, 11), '/', ' ') + ' ' + RIGHT(LAST_UPDATE, 8), 101);
Changing the table
Important note: Check all the import scripts to this table to fix the functions used to set LAST_UPDATE.
Important note: If you get any other date format other than US then this formula breaks as it explicitly expects the 101 US format.
View as crazy alternative
Build a view on top of this table that does the transformation. In SQL Server 2008 there is no TRY_CAST function to fail graciously.
Use the view for downstream work.
Type date costs 3 bytes and is perfect for date only values.
datetime2(0) costs 6 bytes, the default datetime2(7) costs 8 bytes.
Cast and Convert https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/t-sql/functions/cast-and-convert-transact-sql?view=sql-server-ver15
Since this you are using the 2008 version try_cast will be not helpful.
One safe method will be to implement the update with a loop and go through the entire table row by row with a try catch block within the loop where you can handle in case of any failure at the time of casting , in catch block you can give the query to update the value as NULL to identify if casting failed.
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