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Type String to DateTime

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I need to change the datatype in IDT(information design tool) my source is Oracle. From the Date Dimension object, i am getting the date formate as 20-SEP-2015 which is of type string i need to convert to same date format with only datetype change as datetime@the Universe Level

I would need Date Dimension object as datetime type rather String type

Using Oracle 11g and IDT 4.1



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    Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 06:15 PM


    Use todate function to convert in the date.



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  • Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 02:16 PM

    Hi Amit,

    Below the issue. Date type set as date only...

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    • Hi,

      "use database specific SQL option" option is available only with multi source universe when you are connecting with multiple data sources.Otherwise you will find it's disabled.

      yes you can use one parameters in the to_date function. If you are not sure then when you will click on validate you will get the error.Universe designer is enough smart to tell you which syntax will work and which will not work 😊.


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