I have a table with many records with dates. I want to create a weekly report by specifying a query between two dates. It was suggested that I try this:
SELECT ORDER_DATE FROM Table1 where date between '#form.start_date#' and '#form.end_date#'
But that doesn't work. Any suggestions?
You didn't say exactly what it is about it that "doesn't work" -- there are several things that could be wrong.
First of all, it is never a good idea to use a column name like "date" which is a reserved word in many databases -- this can result in syntax errors and it isn't always obvious what's causing them. Always call it ORDER_DATE or something similarly unique.
Hmmmm, that's curious -- you do have a column called ORDER_DATE! Perhaps your query should simply be
SELECT ORDER_DATE FROM Table1 where ORDER_DATE between '#form.start_date#' and '#form.end_date#'
Another source of error could be that a value entered into one of your form fields is not in a valid date format, and the database is giving you a conversion error trying to convert it. Even if your form fields do contain valid dates, the database might be doing the comparison between character strings, not actual date fields.
Assuming you have some way of performing validation on the dates entered into your form fields, then the best way to do the query is with the Cold Fusion CreateODBCDate function, which will convert date strings into valid date objects.
SELECT ORDER_DATE FROM Table1 where ORDER_DATE between #CreateODBCDate(form.start_date)# and #CreateODBCDate(form.end_date)#
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