Using CDate in a SQL WHERE clause For Access database RRS feed

  • Soru

  • I have an Access Database table in which I store dates as strings in field VisitDate in a Short Date format "09/29/2020". There is another String field 'ApName' In this table. If I create a where clause like:

    dim WHEREClause as string = String.Empty

    dim strDt as string = "01/01/2020"

    dim endDt as string = "10/29/2020"

    dim LLName as string = "Elk Creek Apt."

    WHEREClause = " WHERE ApName = '" & LLName  & "' And CDate(VisitDate) BETWEEN #" & strDt & "# And #" & endDt & "#" 

    and run an SQL SELECT call. it returns all the correct entries.

    If I use a where clause like:

    WHEREClause = " WHERE  CDate(VisitDate) BETWEEN #" & strDt & "# And #" & endDt & "#" 

    and run an SQL SELECT call, it returns an error 'Data type mismatch in criteria expression.' What am I doing wrong here? Thanks for any help you can give me. I've been struggling with this problem for over a year now.

    29 Ekim 2020 Perşembe 18:16

Tüm Yanıtlar

  • What data type is VisitDate? 

    I assume that VisitDate is a text column?

    The CDate is failing since the value in VisitDate is not a valid date format.

    You have to add this:

      CDate(VisitDate) BETWEEN #" & strDt & "# And #" & endDt & "#   AND IsDate(VisitDate) = true " 

    So, you have a column of data (as text), and there are text, numbers or who knows what in that column. 

    So, you need to add that "isDate()" test/check, and it will thus not include rows that have a bad date, and thus the CDate() function will not fail.

    Also, Cdate() will much assume that your date format is:




    If the text date column is anything other then the above two, then there is some risk that you get incorrect date values (the month and day value will be flipped on you - and regional settings could effect this).


    Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP 2003-2017)

    Edmonton, Alberta Canada

    29 Ekim 2020 Perşembe 19:22
  • Hello,

    • When possible, place code for data operations in a class.
    • NEVER use string concatenation for SQL.

    The following code sample is a basic code sample showing how to do a WHERE condition with a string and dates between.



    Imports BaseConnectionLibrary.ConnectionClasses

    Namespace Classes

        Public Class DatabaseOperations
    Inherits AccessConnection

    Which are from a NuGet package of mine for connection strings, concentrate on the code.

    Imports System.Data.OleDb
    Imports System.IO
    Imports BaseConnectionLibrary.ConnectionClasses
    Namespace Classes
        Public Class DatabaseOperations
            Inherits AccessConnection
            ''' <summary>
            ''' Default our connection to a database in the executable folder when not using a password
            ''' </summary>
            ''' <remarks>
            ''' Not used in the code sample but this is how to do a connection not encrypted.
            ''' </remarks>
            Public Sub New()
                DefaultCatalog = Path.Combine(AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory, "Database1.accdb")
            End Sub
            Public Function LoadOrders(companyName As String, startDate As Date, endDate As Date) As DataTable
                Using cn As New OleDbConnection(ConnectionString)
                    Using cmd As New OleDbCommand With {.Connection = cn}
                        cmd.CommandText = <SQL>
                            SELECT Orders.OrderID, Orders.Identifier, Orders.OrderDate, Customers.CompanyName
                            FROM Customers INNER JOIN Orders ON Customers.CustomerID = Orders.CustomerID_OLD
                            WHERE (((
                                Customers.CompanyName)=? AND Orders.OrderDate BETWEEN ? AND ?
                        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("?", companyName)
                        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("?", startDate)
                        cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("?", endDate)
                        Dim dt As New DataTable With {.TableName = "Customer"}
                        dt.Columns.Add(New DataColumn() With {.ColumnName = "Process", .DataType = GetType(Boolean), .DefaultValue = False})
                        Catch ex As Exception
                            mHasException = True
                            mLastException = ex
                        End Try
                        Return dt
                    End Using
                End Using
            End Function
        End Class
    End Namespace

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    29 Ekim 2020 Perşembe 21:29
  • Although Microsoft with VB is very much tailored around the worldwide seen very strange American English date format, can you not use a VB function as CDate inside your SQL statement. 

    Therefore I would use for all four a parameter clause, where the Visitdate parameter then is. 

    Param2 = CDate(VisitDate)


    29 Ekim 2020 Perşembe 22:56
  • As a follow up?

    Why did your first one work, and not the 2nd one?

    Well, the issue is that BOTH should work if the VisitDate column in question did not have BAD data.

    So the first one works, because the additonal condition you have (ApName = '" & LLName  & "' ) JUST OH so happened to restrict the data list ENOUGH that the bad dates you have "some where" in that data were skipped.

    In the 2nd example, you have a much LESS data where restriction of data, and thus some of those "bad" dates now are part of the query, and hence it errors out. 

    As noted, you can/should find those bad dates, but for the time being you can use my other post/solution here.

    (include a where with IsDate(columnName) = true)

    And as noted, while is a good tip to use parameters, as such, parameters alone will not fix this issue/problem. The simple issue is that your 2nd data query is a larger data set and in that larger set is some bad date values in that column. You could obtain a list of "bad dates" with this query:

    SELECT * from thatTable where isdate(VisitDate) = false.


    Albert D. Kallal (Access MVP 2003-2017)

    Edmonton, Alberta Canada

    30 Ekim 2020 Cuma 00:23
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    2 Kasım 2020 Pazartesi 07:45