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Old April 21st, 2006, 01:13 PM
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Default compare these date fields and compare and get the

I am trying to compare these date fields and compare and get the later date of the fields
Someone sent me this code.

Tables are



The dates are to be compared and then get the records with the highest or latest date value.


I have this code but I am trying to figure out what it all means.

I have several questions.
1. greatest it is used here to compare right? How do I then output this ? do I store it to a var (coldfusion) ultimately , I wish to send it to a page of records
2. is it necessary to use todate? And to_date? What does this do?
3. decode, is this necessary too. What does this do? NULL?
6. when I do get the query results how do I send it to coldsuion and out put to a display.

is there abetter way of doing this? To compare the dates and store in a var to display. thanks
Here is my code below:


                      WHEN INSTR(TABCASER1.CASER_no,'-ERNIE') > 0 THEN

                      WHEN INSTR(TABCASER1.CASER_no,'-MONIE') > 0 THEN

                      WHEN INSTR(TABCASER1.CASER_no,'-NADINE') > 0 THEN


          between TO_DATE('#dateformat(form.startDate,"mm/dd/yyyy")#','MM/DD/YYYY') and TO_DATE('#dateformat(form.endDate,"mm/dd/yyyy")#','MM/DD/YYYY')

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I'm not sure I can answer your question completely, but I can offer a little wisdom:
1. 'GREATEST' is used for comparison, although I'm not sure how well it would work with date parameters. In order to get the greatest date, you may have to do some parsing of the date to strip out the day and month so you could get the highest day from the highest month
2. The TO_DATE function converts a string to a date in the supplied format string - in this case 'MM/DD/YYYY'. It ensures that apples are being compared to apples, as some systems might record May as '5', and others as '05'. For data integrity, is it necessary.
3. 'DECODE' is a sort of if-then-else statement. You can find a good explanation of this and other statements at
As far as the code itelf goes, it seems as though there is probably a better way to do it, but I would have to think it through. Also, the number of parameters in the DECODE statement seem to be a little off... I hope this helps.

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