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Returns a Character-type date from a Date or DateTime expression.

DTOC(dExpression | tExpression [, 1])

Parameters

dExpression


Specifies a Date-type variable, array element, or field for which DTOC(В ) returns a Character-type date.
tExpression


Specifies a DateTime-type variable, array element, or field for which DTOC(В ) returns a Character-type date.
1


Returns the date in a format suitable for indexing. This is particularly useful for maintaining the table records in chronological sequence. For example, to order table records in entry sequence, you could issue this command:
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INDEX ON DTOC(gdInvDate, 1) + gnInvTime TAG Timeindx
gdInvDate and gnInvTime are fields containing the date and time when the data was entered in the record.

Return Value

Character

Remarks

DTOC(В ) returns a character string corresponding to a Date or DateTime expression. The date format is determined by SET CENTURY and SET DATE.

Example

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SET STRICTDATE TO 1
STORE CTOD('10/31/98') TO gdThisDate
CLEAR
? DTOC(gdThisDate)
STORE DTOC({^1998-10-31}+90) TO gcExpireDate
? 'Your 90-day warranty expires ', gcExpireDate
? DTOC({^1998-10-31},1)

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