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  • Subject: [mg132328] hold question
  • From: Francisco Gutierrez <fgutiers2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:01:07 -0500 (EST)
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  • Reply-to: Francisco Gutierrez <fgutiers2002 at yahoo.com>

Dear Group:

Manipulating and importing/exporting dates is always a pain in the neck, in any of the languages I am aware of. 
Mathematica has functions to work around many of these issues, and I was actually able to complete the task
I was involved in, but even then there is an issue I obviously do not understand. 

Say I have this date in an Excel sheet: 01/08/2007. I import in into Mathematica.  I want to prevent it from becoming an arithmetical expression, so
I sorround it by Unevaluated, HoldAll, and other hold-like devices, but I do not obtain the desired result. The date becomes a division. 
For example, the output of HoldComplete[2+2] is  HoldComplete[2+2] , but instead the output of HoldComplete[ 01/08/2007]
is HoldComplete[1/(8x 2007)].

What I am overlooking?
(Mathematica 9.0)


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