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mysql - get time interval

ian dwyer

Joined: Nov 28, 2004
Posts: 1
hello - this is probably pretty simple, but i was wondering if anyone had seen any examples of how to select something from a database based on a time interval.

for example, i have a number of records in a database, and I want to be able to pull all the ones out that have been created, say, less than one hour from the present time.

what is the best time/date format to stamp these things and what are the comparison methods like?

Sonny Gill
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Joined: Feb 02, 2002
Posts: 1211

Hi Ian, welcome to JavaRanch.

This depends on the database you are using, and whether it supports arithmatic operators on date/time values, or has special methods to use with data/time.

In Oracle, you can just subtract two Dates, and it gives you the number of days(or the fraction of a day) between the two, which you can use in specifying your conditions.

The best place to start is the documentation for the database you are using.


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