I answered this question today and thought it would be useful to create a little post

If you have a varchar value like this ‘2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z+4:30’ you want to take 4 hours and 30 minutes and then subtract that from the date itself so in this case you will get 2009-06-26 11:00:00.000. The reason you subtract is because the +4:30 means that this was generated in a zone that is 4:30 ahead of utc

So first we need to figure out a couple of things

1) where are the minutes?

2) where is the hour?

3) is it positive or negative?

Here are the answers

1) where are the minutes?

The minutes are the last 2 characters

``````declare @date varchar(100)
select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z+4:30'

select right(@date,2)
``````

2) where is the hour?

The hour starts after the Z and last for 2 or 3 characters including the sign, we will just grab 3 and replace : with an empty string

``````declare @date varchar(100)
select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z+4:30'
select replace(substring(@date,patindex('%z%',@date)+ 1,3),':','')
go
``````

+4

``````declare @date varchar(100)
select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z-4:30'
select replace(substring(@date,patindex('%z%',@date)+ 1,3),':','')
go
``````

-4

``````declare @date varchar(100)
select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z+14:30'
select replace(substring(@date,patindex('%z%',@date)+ 1,3),':','')
``````

+14

3) is it positive or negative?

That we already grabbed above for the hour, for the minute we need to do something like this

``````declare @date varchar(100),@multiplier int

select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z+4:30'
select  case when @date like '%+%' then -1 else 1 end
``````

We also need to convert the stuff we did above to integers in order to add

So here is the complete code

``````declare @date varchar(100),@multiplier int

select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z+4:30'
select @multiplier = case when @date like '%+%' then -1 else 1 end

select dateadd(mi, @multiplier *convert(int,right(@date,2)),dateadd(hh
,-1 * convert(int,replace(substring(@date,patindex('%z%',@date)+ 1,3),':',''))
,left(@date,23)))
go

--2009-06-26 10:00:00.000

declare @date varchar(100),@multiplier int

select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z-4:30'
select @multiplier = case when @date like '%+%' then -1 else 1 end

select dateadd(mi, @multiplier *convert(int,right(@date,2)),dateadd(hh
,-1 * convert(int,replace(substring(@date,patindex('%z%',@date)+ 1,3),':',''))
,left(@date,23)))
go

--2009-06-26 19:00:00.000

declare @date varchar(100),@multiplier int

select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z+14:30'
select @multiplier = case when @date like '%+%' then -1 else 1 end

select dateadd(mi, @multiplier *convert(int,right(@date,2)),dateadd(hh
,-1 * convert(int,replace(substring(@date,patindex('%z%',@date)+ 1,3),':',''))
,left(@date,23)))
go

--2009-06-26 01:00:00.000

declare @date varchar(100),@multiplier int
select @date = '2009-06-26 14:30:00.000Z-14:30'
select @multiplier = case when @date like '%+%' then -1 else 1 end

select dateadd(mi, @multiplier *convert(int,right(@date,2)),dateadd(hh
,-1 * convert(int,replace(substring(@date,patindex('%z%',@date)+ 1,3),':',''))
,left(@date,23)))
go

--2009-06-27 05:00:00.000
``````

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