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Substring Question

Hello all,

 

I'm encountering an irritating problem I was hoping to get some input on.

 

We have a global dates macro in our environment that I'm using to get a list of date variables. I'm using this for another program I'm writing.

 

The date I'm given from our gloal macro is formatted 'MM/DD/YYYY'. The variable &pdeg resolves to '09/23/2015'. I want to rearrange the date so that it's YYYYMMDD.

 

Here is my code:

 

%let date = %sysfunc(
cat(
%qsubstr(&pdeg,8,4),
%qsubstr(&pdeg,2,2),
%qsubstr(&pdeg,5,2)
)
);

 

The problem with this is that  it's giving me the result of 2015923. I'm losing the 0. It's driving me crazy. I know there is a simple solution here but it's evading me. Appreciate any assistance!


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‎09-25-2015 06:23 AM
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Re: Substring Question

You know, upon further reflection I suppose there is no harm in leaving it numeric. I had to modify your statement slightly:

%let date = %sysfunc(inputn(%qsubstr(&pdeg,2,10), mmddyy10.), yymmddn8.);

Thanks!

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Re: Substring Question

Try

%let pdeg=09/23/2015;
%let date = %sysfunc(putn(%sysfunc(inputn(&pdeg,mmddyy10.)),yymmddn8.));
%put &date;
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‎09-25-2015 06:23 AM
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Re: Substring Question

You know, upon further reflection I suppose there is no harm in leaving it numeric. I had to modify your statement slightly:

%let date = %sysfunc(inputn(%qsubstr(&pdeg,2,10), mmddyy10.), yymmddn8.);

Thanks!
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Re: Substring Question

If your PDEG variable was built from something else It might be even easier to use that instead of a string.

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Re: Substring Question

Why complicate things by adding the CAT function? %let date = %substr(&pdeg,8,4)/%substr(&pdeg,2,2)/%substr(&pdeg,5,2);
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