April 26, 2006 Ted Holt
As much as I like SQL, I realize that it has its shortcomings. Fortunately, SQL’s shortcomings are not hard to work around. In the few paragraphs that follow, I give you a quick and easy way to get around the problem of converting invalid character data to the date data type.
When I first began learning to program, System/34 RPG II was the most common programming language in my area. The S/34 had no database engine and RPG II had no date data type, so we stored dates in numeric and/or alpha fields. (Nowadays, dates are still stored in numeric