TIMESTAMP-to-UDT Conversion - Teradata Database

SQL Functions, Operators, Expressions, and Predicates

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TIMESTAMP-to-UDT Conversion


Converts TIMESTAMP data to UDT data.

CAST Syntax



Syntax element …

Specifies …


a TIMESTAMP expression to be cast to a UDT.


the UDT type, followed by any optional FORMAT, NAMED, or TITLE data attribute phrases, to which timestamp_expression is to be converted.

ANSI Compliance

This is ANSI SQL:2011 compliant.

As an extension to ANSI, CAST permits the use of data attribute phrases such as FORMAT.

Usage Notes

Explicit TIMESTAMP-to-UDT conversion using Teradata conversion syntax is not supported.

Data type conversions involving UDTs require appropriate cast definitions for the UDTs. To define a cast for a UDT, use the CREATE CAST statement. For more information on CREATE CAST, see SQL Data Definition Language.

Implicit TIMESTAMP-to-UDT Conversion

Teradata Database performs implicit TIMESTAMP-to-UDT conversions for the following operations:

  • Passing arguments to stored procedures, external stored procedures, UDFs, and UDMs
  • Specific system operators and functions identified in other sections of this book, unless the DisableUDTImplCastForSysFuncOp field of the DBS Control Record is set to TRUE
  • Performing an implicit data type conversion requires that an appropriate cast definition (see “Usage Notes”) exists that specifies the AS ASSIGNMENT clause.

    If no TIMESTAMP-to-UDT implicit cast definition exists, Teradata Database looks for a CHAR-to-UDT or VARCHAR-to-UDT implicit cast definition that can substitute. Substitutions are valid because Teradata Database can implicitly cast a TIMESTAMP type to the character data type, and then use the implicit cast definition to cast from the character data type to the UDT. If multiple character-to-UDT implicit cast definitions exist, then Teradata Database returns an SQL error.

    Related Topics

    For details on data types and data attributes, see SQL Data Types and Literals.