In the NLS preferences of SQL Developer 4.0.1 I changed the date format to DD/MM/YYYY HH24:MI:SS to see the time. But in our database, some date columns only contain dates without a time portion. In that case SQL Developer shows the value as 22/03/2014 00:00:00. How can I hide the time portion (00:00:00) in that specific case?
What database are you talking about?
Oracle DATE values ALWAYS have 'a time portion'. That time may be 00:00:00 but it is a time value nonetheless.
So no - you can not specify one preference for some values and a different preference for others.
Things you CAN do:
- configure NLS Date Format to now show time, DD-MON-RR for example
- if time is INDEED not relevant, then create a view where the date columns are reformatted using TO_CHAR(column, DATE_FORMAT) from table;
But yeah, all dates have times, even if you don't care about them. When you train users to think they aren't there, bad things will happen.