Hello, Yes I am new to Java and dates are driving me nuts Anyway, here's the background: I am selecting information from one Oracle DB, doing a little manipulation and inserting to a different Oracle DB. My problem: Several of the columns I select are dates and need to be inserted to this other Oracle DB. I have tried 5 or 6 different ways and end up with as many errors (java won't compile 'unclosed character literal', Oracle thinks it is a the column name not a date, Oracle say's format is to long, etc...). My display in Java shows the date as '2003-02-25 16:13:19.0'. I have removed the .0 with substring and stringTokenizer, but still didn't get it to work. PLAEASE PLEASE PLEASE: Show me an example of how you would insert this type of date from a variable (NOT hard coded) to Oracle. NOTE: My code works just fine if I plug a date but I need the one I selected from the other DB. Many Thanks!