Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 16:02:00 -0500
Reply-To: "Deshon, Joe A [PCS]" <jdesho01@SPRINTSPECTRUM.COM>
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From: "Deshon, Joe A [PCS]" <jdesho01@SPRINTSPECTRUM.COM>
Subject: Help me explain dates and times
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I am having a hard time explaining SAS dates and times to a junior level
programmer who is an associate of mine. I need some help.
I don't know how many times I have explained the significance of the
number of seconds since midnight and the number of days since January 1,
1960. I have explained the difference between a date as an integer and
the representation of that date as a character field. Nothing is
Recently, this person sorted a file on a character field that had been
converted from a date field and complained because it sorted "19JUN2002"
Of course, explaining the datepart and timepart functions to extract
dates and times from date/time stamps is a completely lost cause.
Are there any suggestions in the vast world of SAS consultancy out there
that can help me explain these concepts in a way that can be understood?
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