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  • Character type to Time type

    Hello,

    We can't store a time value in a table field. I'm wondering if anyone knows if we can convert a character value to a time type value. I want to do a simple elapsed time calculation, but it will extend over days. It would be simple if I could subtract two time values, but I can't store the beginning time value except as a character value. I know I can do it with a little more complex calculation dealing with days and toseconds() etc. but just wondering if anyone has found this possible.

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    RE: Character type to Time type

    scantime()

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    • #3
      RE: Character type to Time type

      Thank you Selwyn,

      I'm struggling to figure this function out. In the interactive window:

      ?now()
      =12/30/2002 08:09:06 40 pm

      ?scantime("12/30/2002 08:09:06 40 pm","1/")
      = 00/00/0000 12:00:01 20 am

      How can I use this function to take a character value, like now() returns, but quoted, and feed this to scantime() to return a time value?

      Thanks,
      Jim

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      • #4
        RE: Character type to Time type

        your format string for the scantime() function is wrong.

        see the ref manual for details.

        or type time( in the interactive window, and then use the genie that pops up to write the format string.

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        • #5
          RE: Character type to Time type

          Sorry about that Selwyn,

          I searched the manuals for "scantime()" and didn't get a hit, so I thought it was undocumented. Needed to search for "scantime".

          Thanks,
          Jim

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          • #6
            RE: Character type to Time type

            Its on page 85 in the funtions reference manual.

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            • #7
              RE: Character type to Time type

              thats 98...I didnt proofread...lol...sorry

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              • #8
                RE: Character type to Time type

                ?scantime("12/30/2002 08:09:06 40 pm","MM/dd/yy 0h:0m:0s 2 am")

                = 12/30/2002 08:09:06 40 pm

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