SQL | Calculations using dates exercise | Show events for your year of birth, neatly formatted

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Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of SQL Server
Topic ==> Calculations using dates  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SQL training
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First create a query showing events which took place in your year of birth, neatly formatted.

Rather than showing events between the 1st January and 31st December in the year in question, it's easier just to show events where the year function returns the right number.

This should give you something like this:

Events for 1978

These are the events for 1978, the second-best year to be born in.


Amend your query so that it shows the event date neatly formatted:

  • Once using the FORMAT function; and
  • Once using the CONVERT function.

Here's what the final results should look like (don't forget, your events will be different):

Formatted dates

You could of course cheat, and do the last two columns using the same expression ...

Save this query as The Great Owl sees all, and close it down. 

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