Convert string to date

Hello,

I am trying to convert a string (which is a date I used data scrape to capture) of Nov 21, 2019 to 21/11/2019. I then want to compare it with today’s date to see if it matches.

Does anyone know how to convert the string to date format?

Thank you!

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Fine
this expression would help you on that
if the input is
str_input = "Nov 21, 2019"
then to compare with todays date in IF condition with this expression
Datetime.ParseExact(str_input,“MMM dd, yyyy”,system.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture).Date.ToString.Equals(Now.Date.ToString)

and to get that as a datetime variable
datetime_var = Datetime.ParseExact(str_input,“MMM dd, yyyy”,system.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture)

Cheers @Cormac

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Hi @Palaniyappan - Thanks for your response.

Is the below correct then to get the datetime as a variable? It won’t validate for me.

my variable is called confirmationdate. Am I substituting ‘datetime_var’ with my variable?

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you were almost done
yah ensure that confimationDate is a variable of type System.Date.Datetime
we can search that in Browse Type in variable panel under the column Datatype
and also in the expression you missed out one y along the year
like this
Datetime.ParseExact(str_input,“MMM dd, yyyy”,system.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture)

Cheers @Cormac

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Thanks again!

To convert the variable (which is a string) System.Date.Datetime should I do the following?

Also the variable is a string because when I capture it with data scraping I am removing some characters at the end of the string

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like this buddy, not with assign activity

we can find this type in BROWSE FOR TYPE in the Variable type column
Cheers @Cormac

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Sorry for the stupid questions - but if I change the variable to System.DateTime my other Assign activities where I use the variable wont validate. For example I am assigning value from a data table to that variable and then removing some characters at the end and then trying to convert that string to a sate format - like the below screen shots

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Fine
the sequence be like this
–hope you have a datatable variable ready
–then inside the FOR EACH ROW activity use a ASSIGN activity like this
str_input = row(“Column1”).ToString.Substring(0,12)
where str_input is a variable of type string

–now use a ASSIGN ACTIVITY like this
confirmationDate = Datetime.ParseExact(str_input,“MMM dd, yyyy”,system.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture)

where confirmationDate is a varaible of type System.Date.Datetime

then to compare with todays date
use IF activity with condition like this
Datetime.ParseExact(str_input,“MMM dd, yyyy ”,system.Globalization.CultureInfo.InvariantCulture).Date>Now.Date
if true it will go to THEN part or goes to ELSE part

Cheers @Cormac

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Thanks so much! That worked!!

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