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How to display a NULL value (of SQL DateType) as 'N/A' ?

Posted By:      Posted Date: August 24, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net

hi all

My SQL field 'modified' is a DateTime type and if the value is NULL in SQL I want to display a 'n/a' string.
I am using FormView templates to display the value.

If I use this statement -> ISNULL(Items.modified,'') AS Modified; I get '1/1/1900 12:00:00 AM' in return.

If I use this statement -> ISNULL(Items.modified,'n/a') AS Modified; I get 'Conversion failed when converting datetime from character string.'

I could go ahead and change my class from "public DateTime Modified" to "public String Modified" but I want the field to represent its real value which is DateTime.

I am not inserting the date value back into the table since the sprocs all take care of that for me. I just want to display the 'n/a' string.

So, is there any way to display a SQL DateTime type as a string when its value is NULL inside the table?

ps: I would prefer not to change any code inside the FormView Templates if possible :)

Thank you!


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