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Snippet Name: Date/Time Calculations: Get seconds between dates

Description: Calculates the number of seconds between two given date-time values.

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Language: PL/SQL
Highlight Mode: PLSQL

```CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION time_diff (
DATE_1 IN DATE, DATE_2 IN DATE) RETURN NUMBER IS

NDATE_1   NUMBER;
NDATE_2   NUMBER;
NSECOND_1 NUMBER(5,0);
NSECOND_2 NUMBER(5,0);

BEGIN
-- Get Julian date number from first date (DATE_1)
NDATE_1 := TO_NUMBER(TO_CHAR(DATE_1, 'J'));

-- Get Julian date number from second date (DATE_2)
NDATE_2 := TO_NUMBER(TO_CHAR(DATE_2, 'J'));

-- Get seconds since midnight from first date (DATE_1)
NSECOND_1 := TO_NUMBER(TO_CHAR(DATE_1, 'SSSSS'));

-- Get seconds since midnight from second date (DATE_2)
NSECOND_2 := TO_NUMBER(TO_CHAR(DATE_2, 'SSSSS'));

RETURN (((NDATE_2 - NDATE_1) * 86400)+(NSECOND_2 - NSECOND_1));
END time_diff;
/

// Another method, possibly much faster:

SELECT (TO_DATE('01-JAN-16')-TO_DATE('12-DEC-15'))*86400 FROM DUAL;```

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