GetAsDate

Purpose

Returns dates in text as field type date.

Format

GetAsDate(text)

Parameters

text - any text expression or text field containing text in the same format as the date on the system where the file was created

Data type returned

date

Originated in

FileMaker Pro 6.0 or earlier

Description

Use with formulas involving dates or date functions; use the GetAsDate or Date function to enter a date constant into a formula. The format of text date must be the same as the date format on the system where the file was created.

You can also use this function to convert the number of days to a date. If you specify a number as the parameter, it has to be between 1 (for 1/1/0001) and 1460970 (for 12/31/4000).

Note If the function returns a number instead of a date, go to the Specify Calculation dialog box and make sure the Calculation result is date.

Important To avoid errors when using dates, always use four-digit years. For more information about how FileMaker Pro handles two-digit dates, see Conversion of dates with two-digit years.

Examples

GetAsDate(“03/03/2014”) returns 3/3/2014. You can perform date operations on this result using the Date function.

GetAsDate(735516) returns 10/10/2014. The number 735516 specifies the number of days since 1/1/0001.

Use the following formula to determine the number of days elapsed between values in two timestamp fields:

GetAsDate(EndDate) - GetAsDate(StartDate) returns 90 if the value in the field EndDate is 4/1/2010 1:00 AM and the value in the field StartDate is 1/1/2010 11:15 PM.

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