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Invalid data type %.*ls in function %.*ls. is one of the new error messages in SQL Server 2012. This error message is related to PARSE function, a new conversion function shipped with SQL Server 2012.

Let’s discuss this in detail:
Message Number: 10761 

Severity : 15

Error Message: Invalid data type %.*ls in function %.*ls.

Error Generation:

Given below is the script that I tried to execute but it resulted with the following error :

SELECT PARSE(GETDATE() AS varchar(11)  USING 'en-US') AS Result;
--OUTPUT

Msg 10761, Level 15, State 2, Line 1
Invalid data type varchar in function PARSE.

Ooopps…… I am unable to execute it.

Resolution:
In the above example, I tried to parse a datetime into a varchar. First of all, I checked the syntax of PARSE function but the syntax is perfectly fine but the problem is, I used the wrong data type and that datatype is not compatible with the PARSE function.

Here is the list of compatible data types (Numeric & datetime data types) that you can use with this function.

Lets rewrite the above statement with the compatible data types using PARSE function. Given below is the script.

SELECT PARSE('2013-07-12' AS datetime USING 'en-US') AS Result;
--OUTPUT

Result
———————–
2013-07-12 00:00:00.000

(1 row(s) affected)

Conclusion :
Whenever you use PARSE function, make sure that you are using the compatible data type (Numeric & datetime data types) in it.

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