Just a day before I was presenting at Virtual Tech Days and I wanted to demonstrate the current time to the audience using SQL Server Management Studio, I ended up a quick error. If any of you ever tried to CONCAT function multiple values of different datatype this should not be surprising to you.
SELECT 'Current Time ' + GETDATE()
I quickly modified the script to the following workaround and my script worked right away.
SELECT 'Current Time ' + CAST(GETDATE() AS VARCHAR(20))
Current Time Dec 20, 2011, 7:00PM
However, I instantly realized that I can use SQL Server 2012 function which can right fit for this situation.
SELECT CONCAT('Current Time ', GETDATE())
I have previously written in detail article about SQL Server 2012 CONCAT function over here additionally, I have written a quick guide on 14 new functions of SQL Server Denali.
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Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)
The trick is in using this with PRINT statement more than the SELECT statement. Give it a try :) …
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Hi pinal sir,
Really useful function.
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>The trick is in using this with PRINT statement more than the SELECT statement. Give it a try :) …
where is the trick? did you mean to replace select with print statement?
If yes, then I tried the same thing using print statement, but still it gives the same error.
Following is the print statement
PRINT ‘Current date’ + GETDATE()
Following is the error:
Conversion failed when converting date and/or time from character string.
I am having Denali CTP 3. When i am trying concat function or new introduced functions, this will give me error that function not found. Can you give me
version information on which you test concat function.
My version information is below
Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 11.0.1440.19