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Personalized time column

SQL Server Development expert Greg Low explains how to display time in the date column.

I want to have only the time occupy the date column without the mmddyyyy. In SQL Server 2000, can this be done with smalldatetime or datetime?
While the datetime values always have a date component, you can easily create a user-defined function that strips that out when it is accessed. Each time you retrieve the time, just wrap it in that function.

Alternately, what I've also seen people do is to store the time as an int or bigint via your own encoding scheme....

You could, for example, store the time as the number of seconds since midnight.

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This was last published in March 2006

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