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Remember date contains time

Thanks to Scott Wesley for this story

This is one thing I regularly mention to trainees, and recently I fell for the problem myself!

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Dates may contain a time component.

Simple example, some might expect this statement to return a result (as I write this being 1st March) - it does not.
select * from dual where sysdate <= date '2012-03-01';

For the pure reason that sysdate returns century, year, month, hour, minute, second. And so may some of the dates stored in your database.

SQL> select to_char(sysdate,'dd-Mon-yyyy hh24:mi:ss') from dual;

01-Mar-2012 20:49:28

Here is a simple test case where ideally I would get two rows -"now" & "midnight today", and the build-up to this scenario:

create table my_dates(descr varchar2(50), dt date);

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