How to calculate difference in hours (decimal) between two dates in SQL Server?

I have to calculate the difference in hours (decimal type) between two dates in SQL Server 2008.

I couldn’t find any useful technique to convert datetime to decimal with ‘CONVERT’ on MSDN.
Can anybody help me with that?

UPDATE:
To be clear, I need the fractional part as well (thus decimal type). So from 9:00 to 10:30 it should return me 1.5.


Answer

DATEDIFF(hour, start_date, end_date) will give you the number of hour boundaries crossed between start_date and end_date.

If you need the number of fractional hours, you can use DATEDIFF at a higher resolution and divide the result:

DATEDIFF(second, start_date, end_date) / 3600.0

The documentation for DATEDIFF is available on MSDN:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189794%28SQL.105%29.aspx

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