Convert Character Data to a Noncharacter Type

You can convert character data to a noncharacter type—such as a money, date/time, exact numeric, or approximate numeric type—if it consists entirely of characters that are valid for the new type.

Leading blanks are ignored. However, if a char expression that consists of a blank or blanks is converted to a datetime expression, SAP ASE converts the blanks into the default datetime value of “Jan 1, 1900.”

Syntax errors occur when the data includes unacceptable characters. These are examples of characters that cause syntax errors:

Implicit conversions between unichar/univarchar and datetime/smalldatetime are supported.