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Converts an expression to the date data type.





Any expression. To be meaningful, it should yield a number that has meaning in the format YYYYMMDD.

Return Value



$date – $todate(19980923)

In the preceding arithmetic expression, 19980923 is treated as the date 23 September 1998 instead of the number 19,980,923. Assuming that $Date is 19981023, the expression evaluates to 30.


See Also




About Character Literals

About Functional Expressions

Conversion Between Data Types

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