I have 10 years worth of data in an excel spreadsheet to import. Once of the columns is formatted as date. When I ‘read this’ via XOJO it appears in scientific notation as underlying the correctly formatted ‘date’ is just the number/datevalue I assume. I want the date which ‘looks like’ an SQL date to export into my MySQL database date field as an sql date.

Any suggestions as to what ‘extra’ i need to do to accomplish this.

[code]
//excel session import
//read excel worksheet sessions into database

dim excel as new ExcelApplication
dim book as ExcelWorkbook
dim f as folderitem
dim dte as variant

Jym, thanks for the suggestion but it doesn’t seem to work. The value for example in cell ‘A2’ is 39695 (divided roughly by 365) gives 108 years or so. The actual date I want is 4th September 2008, so add 108 years t0 1900 would be about right your for the total number of days. When I add 39695 to the 1900/1/0, it gives me a date of 1st April 1829.

Change the excel call from a value to a text. As an example: excel.Range(“A2”).value to excel.Range(“A2”).text. This keeps the date of 10-Nov-2013 to its text instead of showing 3.4668886401e+9.

Below is the modified code which works on Windows 8.1 with Xojo 2013 r3.2

[code]//excel session import
//read excel worksheet sessions into database

dim excel as new ExcelApplication
dim book as ExcelWorkbook
dim f as folderitem
dim dte as variant

excel.visible=true

f=SpecialFolder.Desktop.child(“modded.xls”)
book=excel.Workbooks.open(f.ShellPath)
dte=excel.Range(“A2”).Text // <—change from value to Text
//shows 10-Nov-13 as “10-Nov-13”

msgbox(dte)

Exception err as OLEException
msgbox str(err)[/code]