DateDiff function does not return the correct number of weeks
Hint Ref: 021002050003
Hint Date: 05/02/2010
Hint Details:PROBLEM: A customer reported that they were having trouble with the DateDiff function when using 'week' to find the number of weeks between two dates.
They reported that:
select datediff(week,'2010-01-01','2010-01-07') was 7 days and correctly returned 1 week.
select datediff(week,'2010-01-03','2010-01-09') was clearly also 7 days, but returned 0 weeks.
SOLUTION: It should be noted that this is not an error.
When using 'week' it is important to remember that the function does NOT return the number of days divided by 7, but instead returns the number of Sundays between the two dates, including the second date but not the first.
To return the actual number of whole 7 days periods, use the following:
NOTE: For your information, the Sybase Reference Manual states the following:
This function calculates the number of date parts between two specified dates. The result is a signed integer value equal to (date2 - date1), in date parts.
DATEDIFF results are truncated, not rounded, when the result is not an even multiple of the date part.
When you use day as the date part, DATEDIFF returns the number of midnights between the two times specified, including the second date but not the first.
When you use month as the date part, DATEDIFF returns the number of first-of-the-months between two dates, including the second date but not the first.
When you use week as the date part, DATEDIFF returns the number of Sundays between the two dates, including the second date but not the first.
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