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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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The PARSE Function

The PARSE function can be used to convert any string value to a numeric or to a date and time format only. The syntax is as follows:

PARSE ( string_value AS data_type [ USING culture ] )

The main difference from the standard CONVERT or CAST function is that you can provide a culture option to specify whether the string_value is being passed in a culture-specific format (such as a date or money value). In addition, PARSE handles numeric conversions that CONVERT or CAST will not, such as converting the string '100.00' to the int data type, as shown in the following example:

select convert(int,'100.0')goselect parse('100.00' as int)go/* output    convert-----------Msg ...

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