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Instruction

Very well done! Now that we know DATEADD(), we'll learn how to calculate the beginning of the current day, month, year, etc. This will help us find the registration count for the current time period. Take a look:

SELECT DATEADD(month, DATEDIFF(month, 0, GETDATE()), 0) AS CurrentMonthStart;

This expression may look a bit complicated. Let's explain it in detail:

  1. Inside the DATEADD() function, there is a zero as the third argument. This zero is interpreted as 1900-01-01 00:00:00.000, i.e., the beginning of time for SQL Server's datetime type.
  2. GETDATE() returns the current date, and DATEDIFF(month, 0, GETDATE()) returns the number of full months between the beginning of time and the current date.
  3. DATEADD(month, DATEDIFF(month, 0, GETDATE()), 0) adds the number of full months returned by DATEDIFF() to the beginning of time. This will provide you with the first day of the current month.

Note that you can replace month with day, quarter, or year.

Exercise

Show the beginning of the current year in a column named CurrentYearStart.

Stuck? Here's a hint!

Use the code from the explanation. Change month to year.