Question by Chris Hardaker
I have a table with a field of type date within a MySQL database. My user places a date into a field (format dd-mm-yyyy) which I convert into yyyy-mm-dd for insertion into the database. This works fine. I can see the date in there as (for example) 2012-04-04.
My issue is that I then select this record, convert the date to the format I wish to display (dd-mm-yyyy) and get 03-04-2012. I understand why, in that my database is set to UTC, however the user is on Berlin time, therefore 04-04-2012 00:00 in Berlin is 03-04-2012 23:00 UTC.
The issue means that if I then save the displayed date (03-04-2012), the next time I see it, it displays as 02-04-2012 because I saved only the date and therefore the system is assuming a 00:00 time again.
I cannot see a way around this other than setting this as a datetime type rather than a date type, however I would rather not do that as time (for various reasons) is stored in a separate field. Any suggestions?
Answer by h4cky
When you inserting a record you add as datetime current UTC time, after that every user in their profile may want to/or set his timezone.
If you know the timezone of the user u can easy convert the datetime to user locale time. Because you know the differences in hours/minutes between the time.
P.S. You can store the datetime as varchar and save the unix timestamp in this field. Unix timestamp is based on current timezone I think.
I think that might help
$date = time(); dump(date('d-m-Y H:i:s', $date)); // 03-04-2012 08:43:38 date_default_timezone_set('Europe/London'); dump('London: '. date('d-m-Y H:i:s', $date)); // London: 03-04-2012 11:43:38 date_default_timezone_set('Europe/Berlin'); dump('Berlin: '. date('d-m-Y H:i:s', $date)); // Berlin: 03-04-2012 12:43:38 date_default_timezone_set('Europe/Sofia'); dump('Sofia: '. date('d-m-Y H:i:s', $date)); // Sofia: 03-04-2012 13:43:38
dump function returns
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Answer by Starx
First, make sure both time zones are same. Then, don’t store in
datatime format, use integer. Convert the date to timestamps and then store. Like
$time = time(); //get the current time stamp //Now insert $time
Now, both places are in common ground, You may do as you like. Changing date among different timezone is rather easy.
echo gmdate("M d Y H:i:s", $time);