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081103, 23:00 #1Registered User
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Unanswered: "textdelimited" numbers via AS400
Recently I had imported AS400 files via ODBC, new with AS400 and ODBC. These files are “textdelimited”.
How would I format “textdelimited” numbers in a 24:00:00 time format?
When they are imported the numbers are 1313. I need to convert it like 13:13:00 or 01:13:00 AM and calculate the difference using two fields. Doing this from the delimited numbers leaves a negative number when they roll over midnight.
CDbl(Left([MYTIME],2))+(CDbl(Mid([MYTIME],4,2)/60))+(CDbl(Right([MYTIME],2)/3600))
Results: 13.3936111111111
Prefer: 13:13:00 or 01:13:00 AM
I put 00:00:00 from using the input mask. When the time rolls over midnight and I calculate the fields, i.e. Total: [strtime][endtime], if the times is over midnight the results are negative or I can't format the results properly.
Please advised....

081303, 11:46 #2Registered User
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this should do it....
Str$(Left(Table1!MYTIME,Len(Table1!MYTIME)2)) & ":" & Str(Right(Table1!MYTIME,2)) & ":00"
this is version for hours and minutes (3 or 4 digit numbers) only!!!
if you want to do 5 or 6 digit, you'll have to modify little bit, only the first one is a problem because of it could be 1 or 2 digit....
just follow this and combine with your original idea (left, mid, right).....
now calculating with date/time type of field, and just using time, will result in fraction of a day....
I don't know what you are going to do with data, but I am sure you can convert it as in the above sample statement....

081903, 21:46 #3Registered User
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Originally posted by Strucnjak
this should do it....
Str$(Left(Table1!MYTIME,Len(Table1!MYTIME)2)) & ":" & Str(Right(Table1!MYTIME,2)) & ":00"
this is version for hours and minutes (3 or 4 digit numbers) only!!!
if you want to do 5 or 6 digit, you'll have to modify little bit, only the first one is a problem because of it could be 1 or 2 digit....
just follow this and combine with your original idea (left, mid, right).....
now calculating with date/time type of field, and just using time, will result in fraction of a day....
I don't know what you are going to do with data, but I am sure you can convert it as in the above sample statement....

081903, 21:47 #4Registered User
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"AGAIN" (text delimted numbers)
Recently I had imported AS400 files via ODBC, new with AS400 and ODBC. These files are “textdelimited”.
How would I format “textdelimited” numbers in a 24:00:00 time format?
When they are imported the numbers are 1313. I need to convert it like 13:13:00 or 01:13:00 AM and calculate the difference using two fields. Doing this from the delimited numbers leaves a negative number when they roll over midnight. Know I need to convert them into numbers and calculate the difference.
I have tried two expressions,
STRTIME: nz([MYTIME],"unknown MYTIME")/3600 or
STRTIME:CDbl(Left([MYTIME],2))+(CDbl(Mid([MYTIME],4,2)/60))+(CDbl(Right([MYTIME],2)/3600))
Results: 13.3936111111111 when I format the results they are 1:26:48 AM
Prefer: 13:13:00 or 01:13:00 AM
I put 00:00:00 from using the input mask. When the time rolls over midnight and I calculate the fields, i.e. Total: [strtime][endtime], if the times is over midnight the results are negative or I can't format the results properly.
Please advised....

082003, 01:27 #5Registered User
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Re: "AGAIN" (text delimted numbers)
I assume your time is formatted like hhnn (n = minutes). If not, convert it into such a string in the first place, eventually add trailing zeros.
Convert it into a time variable in the second step using the function TimeSerial()
Make a complete datetime of it by adding your time to your date.
Now, you may determine differences between two datetimes in each date unit using DateDiff
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082003, 02:36 #6Registered User
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Response:
Good suggestion, but could you give an example from the illustration I have above, Thanks.

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Re: Response:
Originally posted by comf36
Good suggestion, but could you give an example from the illustration I have above, Thanks.
Sorry, I answered you, but my message wasn't sent appearently. I saw you opening another thread about the same issue, so here is my answer again:
Your time field is numeric, right? It contains the digits of hours and minutes in 24 h format, right? I recommand the following transformation:
Let's call your field f.
1) transform it into a string s of the format "hhnn" by
Let s = format(f, "0000")
2) Convert s into a time variable t with
Let t = TimeSerial(val(left(s,2)), val(right(s,2)),0)
3) form a datetime variable dt by adding your time value to a date value d:
Let dt = d + t
You can also combine these transformations like
d + TimeSerial(val(left(format(f, "0000"),2)), val(right(format(f, "0000"),2)),0)Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler!  A. Einstein
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082103, 17:15 #8Registered User
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Yes I did post this question twice because I was not sure how to ask,
Thanks for your patients.
Your example did work also, but I need to include seconds from your expression. It's only showing hh and nn.
Also using two fields with the same example how would I determine the total elapsed time.
It's giving me the time when it's finishes I only need the process time like,
(MYTIME)(THEIRTIME)
23:18:1723:18:21=00:00:04 but the results are 22:01:51 not sure how to fix this?
Please advised....

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1) Using seconds: I assumed that AS/400 does not deliver seconds. In case it does, enhance the format command from 4 to 6 zeros, and replace the left() and right() by the mid(s, <Start = 1 for hh, 3 for nn, 5 for ss>, 2)
2) Determining the difference:
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