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Working with dates

Drew Lane
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Joined: May 13, 2001
Posts: 296
Does anyone have any suggestions for working with dates that will be stored in a MySQL database?
For example, I want to create a subscription service and store an expiration date in the database.
Should I create the date in Java and then store it in the database or should I have mySQL create the date for me (if that's possible)?
I suppose I'm going to have to convert the date back to a Java object in order to work with it, right?
Any thoughts?
Peter Straw
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Joined: Jan 08, 2002
Posts: 79
You can use the timestamp data type, I found this at
The TIMESTAMP column type provides a type that you can use to automatically mark INSERT or UPDATE operations with the current date and time.
I agree. Here's the link:
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