How To Create A Date Table

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Many times when developing SQL Server databases you have the requirement to show all dates in a range. One way to do this is with a date table. One of the most common reasons that I use a date table is when I have a reconciliation report. In a reconciliation report I want to show all of the days in a date range, even if they don’t have data on those days. SQL Server doesn’t have a function to generate dates in a range. So to accomplish this, I create a date table using the following script.

 

SQL Server Quarter From Date

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One question that we get a lot is how to get the quarter from a date.  SQL Server has a very easy way to get the quarter from a date (since SQL 2005) using the DATEPART command.

 
To get the quarter from the current date

 
To get the quarter from a different date

 

SQL Server Truncate Date

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A common function that people need to do when dealing with datetimes is extracting the date from the datetime.  Oracle has a built-in function to do this called TRUNC.  SQL Server does not have this (yet).  However… you can accomplish this very easily.  Here are a few ways to perform a truncate date function in SQL Server.