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Accurate DATETIME Range Searching in SQL Server

By , 9 Dec 2009
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When searching between datetimes in SQL(or SQL in a Stored Proc) we can't just do:
select * from <table>
where CreateTime >= @DateFrom and CreateTime <= @DateTo
If your search is date inclusive and you're not concerned with time, which most users aren't, then you need to add a little extra code to get the right results. Basically, you need to add one day to @DateTo and trunc. Here's a Sql Server 2005 function that will help:
CREATE FUNCTION [dbo].[trunc]
    @dt datetime
RETURNS datetime
            return dateadd(day, datediff(day, 0, @dt), 0);
Now your SQL should be:
select * from <table>
where CreateTime >= dbo.trunc(@DateFrom)
and CreateTime < dbo.trunc(@DateTo + 1)
If you want more info about this then go to: Accurate DATETIME Range Searching in SQL Server[^]


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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pinmembersource.compiler23-Jul-12 17:54 
QuestionWhat about... PinmemberPeter Tewkesbury4-Dec-09 8:51 
AnswerRe: What about... PinmemberMark Graham7-Dec-09 0:18 
The tip is more about awareness, but, absolutely, and I've no doubt this will be quicker.

GeneralRe: What about... Pinmembersupercat99-Dec-09 5:41 

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