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# Finding Day Number from the Beginning of the Year

I want to start with this simple question that was posted today (May 31, 2013) - how to find today's date day number from the beginning of the year.

This is my solution and a bit of explanation at the end

`DECLARE` `@curDate ``DATE` `= ``CURRENT_TIMESTAMP``;`
`DECLARE` `@YearStart ``DATE` `= dateadd (`
`    ``year`
`    ``,datediff(``year````, ````'19000101'``, @curDate)`
`    ``,``'19000101'`
`    ``);`

`SELECT` `datediff(``day``, @YearStart, @curDate) + 1 ``AS` `[Number ``of` `Days ``from` `the ``Year` ``` Start]```

The @YearStart variable dynamically calculates the beginning of the year for any date based on the year difference with any known date we use as anchor date.

However, there is much simpler solution as suggested by Gert-Jan Strick in the thread I referenced:

`SELECT` `datepart(dayofyear, ``current_timestamp````) ````AS` ``` [Number ````of` ``` Days]```

# Finding Beginning and Ending of the Previous Month

Today's Transact-SQL MSDN forum presented the following problem Change date parameters to find data from previous month.

I will give my solution to this problem from that thread:

`DECLARE` `@MinDate DATETIME, @MaxDate DATETIME;`

`SET` `@MinDate = DATEADD(``month``, DATEDIFF(``month````, ````'19000201'``, ` `CURRENT_TIMESTAMP````), ````'19000101'``);`

`SET` `@MaxDate = DATEADD(``day``,-1,DATEADD(``month````, 1, @MinDate)) ````-- for versions prior to SQL 2012;`

`SET` `@MaxDate = EOMONTH(@MinDate); ``-- for SQL Server 2012 and up`

This entry participated in the Technology Guru TechNet WiKi for May contest and won the Bronze medal.
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• Congratulations. Nice, brief and to-the-point, but also rich enough in detail to follow easily.

• Naomi  N edited Revision 9. Comment: Added tense, link and new tag

• Naomi  N edited Revision 8. Comment: Added toc - need to add more cases

• In SQL Server 2012 you can program as:

SELECT DATEDIFF(dd, EOMONTH(current_timestamp,-MONTH(current_timestamp)), current_timestamp);

• Naomi  N edited Revision 6. Comment: Added day for the today link

• Ed Price - MSFT edited Revision 5. Comment: Title casing and clarified technology in the title. Feel free to refine. Great article, and great presentation of the code!

• Naomi  N edited Revision 4. Comment: Added tag