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Oracle to_char tips

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The Oracle to_char SQL function is used to transform a DATE or NUMBER datatype into a displayable text string.

to_char(number_type, format_mask)

Examples of the Oracle SQL to_char function might include:



TO_CHAR(BID.START_DATE, 'dd mon yyyy') || ' to ' || TO_CHAR(BID.END_DATE, 'dd mon yyyy')

to_char(begin_interval_time,'yyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi')


SELECT TO_CHAR(SYSDATE,'dd-Mon-yyyy hh:mi:ss PM') FROM dual;

From the Oracle docs, we see the formats for the Oracle to_char format mask:

My example pages using the to_char function:

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