The GETDATE function produces the current date and time in SQL Server 2005 internal format for datetime values. GETDATE takes the null parameter ( ).

The following example finds the current system date and time:


Here is the result set.

July 29 1995   2:50    PM

(1 row(s) affected)

You can use GETDATE in designing a report to have the current date and time printed every time the report is produced. GETDATE is also useful for functions such as logging the time a transaction occurred on an account.

You can use GETDATE anywhere to return the current system date. For example, you can use GETDATE as a default value for data entry, with a local variable, or comparing an order date to the current date.

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