How to cast as datetime in Domo workbench?

I need to add a date field to a job in workbench where the date is static, but not the current date.

 

I have been attempting to create a calculated transform and expected to do something similar to:

to_date('05/23/2018') or cast('2018-05-23' as datetime) 

Neither of those are available functions, however, and I don't see anything like them in the list of available date/time functions. 

 

Incidentally, I have played with changing quotes, etc, but I cannot get a calculation to validate.

 

There was a similar question asked and resolved by using the today() function, but I need to set to a previous date.

 

I can set the calculation to a simple sting (05/23/2018) easily enough, but then the schema either converts the field to a string, or nulls the cells as invalid (because that is the default setting) if I lock the data type.  

 

Not sure what I am missing.  Please help me create a date field set to static previous date.  Thanks in advance

 

 

Comments

  • Anyone can help out with this request?

     

    Thanks,

     

  • Hi Laurette,

     

    You can use the convert function in the workbench. I just tried, CONVERT('2017-01-01',DATE) AS date and it came through as a date format (1/1/2017) in Domo.

     

    Let me know if this helps.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Brian

     

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  • Hi Laurette,

     

    Did the above help out? Additionally, you can do the same with DATETIME as I see that is referenced in your subject. 

     

     (CONVERT('YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM(put colon here, it kept making a smiley face when I used one in this post)SS', DATETIME)

    ie: CONVERT('2018-01-01 07:22:45', DATETIME)

     

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  • I agree, those should both work, but just do not for me.  I know I had it working for a one-off ingestion job a few months ago, and I seem to remember using CONVERT then. I'll keep playing with it. 

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  • Laurette,

     

    I do not have much experience with transforms but it looks like calculation builder only has specific available functions, none which will calculate a date. Are you able to write the convert code directly in the source instead of using the calculation builder?

     

    Brian

  • That is a good idea.  I think I'm going to take the ingestion off workbench and do it through the R plugin instead. Thanks for the help!

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