Recently I was looking into the issue of passing UtcDateTime values into a query in X++ using extended query syntax.
First I will just clarify what I mean when saying “extended query syntax”:
This is extended query syntax:
This is the regular syntax for ranges:
As you can see in my examples above, for the regular syntax using queryValue() is fine, but when using the extended query syntax, there are 3 basic rules for utcDateTime values:
– it’s necessary to use DateTimeUtil::toStr() to pass utcDateTime values.
– The query string needs to have brackets around it.
– No speechmarks/quotations should be used around the utcDateTime value.
So working example:
And a failing example with brackets missing:
Failing with speechmarks/quotations:
There is an exception to these rules, that is when using 1900-01-01T00:00:00. Most functions in X++ are returning this as NULL when converting to a string but for the extended range syntax to work correctly we need it to be returned as a string, so the following functions cannot be used:
So in my environment I have introduced a new global function to make it easier for me to convert utcDateTime values to strings for extended query ranges, called dateTime2strQuery()
static str dateTime2strQuery(utcDateTime _utcDateTime)
cvtDateTime = ‘1900-01-01T00:00:00’;
cvtDateTime = DateTimeUtil::toStr(_utcDateTime);
So now my working example looks like this: