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Convert datetime string to number of seconds/300

Note: Many $functions have been deprecated in favor of SOUL Object Oriented methods. There is currently no OO equivalent for the $Sir_Date2N function.

The $Sir_Date2N function expects a datetime value string and a datetime format string and returns the input datetime converted to the number of 1/300th seconds since 1 January, 1900. It accepts an optional CENTSPAN value and an optional error control string. If an error is detected, the returned value is -9E12 (-9000000000000).


%num = $Sir_Date2N(dat, fmt, [span], [errctl])

Syntax terms

%num Set to the value of dat, converted to the number of 1/300th second units from 1 Jan 1900 12:00 AM.
dat Datetime value string.
fmt Datetime format string corresponding to dat. Refer to Datetime string formats for an explanation of valid datetime formats and valid dates. Non-strict matching is used for input format fmt; see Strict and non-strict format matching.
span Optional CENTSPAN value; default is -50.
errctl Optional error control string; refer to Datetime Error Handling.

Usage notes

  • Values returned by $Sir_Date2N often exceed the range that can be represented in a 4-byte integer, so you should probably avoid storing the value in a BINARY or FLOAT4 field.
  • Dates prior to 1 January 1900 return a negative number.
  • The inverse of this $function is $Sir_N2Date.
  • $Sir_Date2N returns the value -9E12 (-9000000000000) in the following cases (see the discussion in Datetime error handling):
    • fmt is not a valid datetime format.
    • dat does not match fmt.
    • dat is outside of range permitted for fmt.
    • span is invalid.


The following fragment prints the value Before:

If $Sir_Date2N('121494', 'MMDDYY') < $Sir_Date2N('040195', 'MMDDYY') Then Print 'Before' End If

Products authorizing $Sir_Date2N