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Date and time types


MySQL Essential Training

with Bill Weinman

Video: Date and time types

MySQL supports a complete set of date and time types. And it's just going to have a few columns in it.
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  1. 4m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 31s
    3. What is MySQL?
      1m 48s
  2. 45m 37s
    1. Installation overview
      3m 16s
    2. Installing XAMPP on Windows
      5m 55s
    3. Installing XAMPP on the Mac
      6m 38s
    4. Setting up MySQL users
      11m 31s
    5. Installing SID on Windows
      5m 43s
    6. Installing SID on the Mac
      6m 6s
    7. Installing time zone support in MySQL on Windows
      6m 28s
  3. 45m 43s
    1. The SELECT statement
      3m 57s
    2. Selecting rows
      4m 57s
    3. Selecting columns
      3m 8s
    4. Sorting results with ORDER BY
      2m 58s
    5. Filtering results with WHERE
      3m 52s
    6. Filtering results with LIKE and IN
      3m 41s
    7. Filtering results with regular expressions
      8m 21s
    8. Inserting rows
      4m 9s
    9. Updating rows
      2m 21s
    10. Deleting rows
      2m 25s
    11. Literal strings
      3m 12s
    12. Understanding NULL
      2m 42s
  4. 41m 47s
    1. Creating a database
      4m 30s
    2. Creating a table
      7m 18s
    3. Creating indexes
      6m 8s
    4. Controlling column behavior with constraints
      4m 46s
    5. Creating an ID column
      6m 58s
    6. Using foreign key constraints
      7m 58s
    7. Altering a table
      4m 9s
  5. 28m 56s
    1. What are data types?
      4m 1s
    2. Numeric types
      5m 21s
    3. String types
      2m 58s
    4. Date and time types
      7m 2s
    5. Bit type
      2m 26s
    6. Boolean values
      2m 15s
    7. Enumeration types
      4m 53s
  6. 32m 34s
    1. String functions
      6m 57s
    2. Numeric functions
      6m 2s
    3. Date and time functions
      4m 12s
    4. Time zones in MySQL
      3m 37s
    5. Formatting dates
      1m 51s
    6. Aggregate functions
      5m 45s
    7. Flow control with CASE
      4m 10s
  7. 7m 6s
    1. Maintaining database integrity with transactions
      4m 46s
    2. Using transactions for performance
      2m 20s
  8. 16m 49s
    1. Updating a table with a trigger
      5m 11s
    2. Preventing automatic updates with a trigger
      7m 29s
    3. Logging transactions with a trigger
      4m 9s
  9. 14m 11s
    1. Creating a simple subselect
      3m 23s
    2. Searching within a result set
      3m 53s
    3. Creating a view
      3m 32s
    4. Creating a joined view
      3m 23s
  10. 12m 26s
    1. Understanding MySQL stored routines
      2m 0s
    2. Creating a stored function
      4m 34s
    3. Creating a stored procedure
      5m 52s
  11. 14m 4s
    1. The multi-platform PDO interface
      3m 44s
    2. Executing the SQL
      4m 8s
    3. Implementing auto-increment IDs
      2m 3s
    4. Using a stored funciton
      4m 9s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 3s

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4h 24m Beginner May 14, 2014

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MySQL is by far the most popular database management system for small- to medium-sized web projects. In this course, Bill Weinman provides clear, concise tutorials that guide you through creating and maintaining a MySQL database of your own. Bill explores the basic syntax, using SQL statements to create, insert, update, and delete data from your tables. He also covers creating a new database from scratch, as well as data types, transactions, subselects, views, and stored routines. Plus, learn about the multi-platform PHP PDO interface that will help you connect your database to web applications.

Topics include:
  • Writing queries
  • Creating and updating databases and tables
  • Using MySQL built-in functions
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Updating tables with triggers
  • Working with subselects and views
  • Creating and using a stored function
Bill Weinman

Date and time types

MySQL supports a complete set of date and time types. These include date, time, a standalone year type, a combined datetime type, and a timestamp type that's automatically updated when a row is created or updated. It's worth noting that two digit year support is deprecated as of MySQL 5.6.6. It still works according to these rules. But the documentation warns that this functionality will be removed in a future release.

Keep in mind that two digit years are never a good idea, and if you're using them today, you'll be well served by updating your systems to use four digit years. My sql stores dates and times in standard sql format. Standard sql format for dates and times is designed for convenient sorting and searching. Different countries and locals have different localized formats for dates and times. Some with the year to the left some with the year to the right. Some in odd mixed up orders like the month day year format common in the US.

Standard SQL format has the most significant parts to the left and the least significant parts to the right. This makes sorting and searching much easier so you may even find it useful in other contexts in spreadsheets and file names. MySQL has comprehensive time zone support that's based on the intensive time zone database maintained by the internet assigned numbers authority. The IANA time zone database is a standard set of international time zone rules names and locations.

If you're using a Mac or Unix based My SQL installation you have this database installed, if using windows it's probably not installed by default. Please see the movie installing the time zone database on windows in chapter one. So lets take a look at a simple use for a time stamp and we'll use the scratch. Database here and I'll start by creating a table, I'll always start with a drop table. If exists because we'll be doing this over and over and I'll create the table.

And it's just going to have a few columns in it. And we'll insert a few rows into it. And then we'll put in a describe so we can see what it looks like, and a show create table so we can see what the defaults are, and a select from. Go ahead and run it. I am missing parenthesis there, aren't I? There we go. So there's our create table. we have this column stamp which is of the time stamp type. And, the time stamp type, of course, is designed to automatically create a time stamp on every insert and update and so, you'll notice here in the.

Describe. This is our Describe here. Describe test. Then it says default is CURRENT_TIMESTAMP and on update is CURRENT_TIMESTAMP. Current timestamp is a constant that expands to. The current date and time, and so that's the way that that's actually implemented and if we look here in our show create table we see not in all default current time stamp on update current time stamp. And there is our rows and of course they all have the same time stamp because this entire query took a 103 milliseconds.

Now, if I come back in here, and I'm just going to replace all of this for now with an update. We'll leave the select there at the bottom. And I'm just going to say UPDATE test SET note =, and will give it a. Another artist, where ID=2; and so that'll just replace the second here instead of on Henri Matisse it will say Jackson Pollock and it will give us a new time stamp there.

And so when I press go, you notice Jackson Pollock here now has a different time. This says 35:59 rather than 33:39 and I didn't update that column. That happened automatically. Because of the time stamp type. So the time stamp type is a very handy, it's very common, it's a quick and easy way to apply a time stamp of a time and date to a row of data. So I'm going to go ahead and drop this table now. And I want to explain a little bit about time zone support.

MySQL uses a set of variables to control some system behaviors including time zone support. So if we type in here. Show variables, and that's again, a mysql specific statement that will show the mysql variables table, and I can even use like with it. I can say like, and percent in single quotes, percent time zone like this. And if I say select now, like that with parenthesis, and press go, we see that our timezone is set to UTC, system timezone is MST on this system, and of course it'll be different on every system depending on how your system timezone is set.

So yours probably will not say MST, it's. Possible if you're in the Mountain Standard Time Zone and it doesn't have one of its aliases or equivalents. But it will say something. And then time zone itself is set to UTC, and that's actually done in the SID code, in its initialization code. And so this now variable is showing us the current time stamp, which is in UTC. So it's o three o'clock in the morning. On March 12, 2014 in the UTC time zone.

Now, if you're time zone variable does not say UTC, that probably means you don't have time zone support installed on your system. There's a movie in chapter one that'll show you how to install it. Now I can change my local time zone by setting the time zone variable and this is the sort of thing you would do in an application if you wanted to set it to U to C. Or to some local time zone. You can say set time zone with the underscore like that equals and give it a time zone. So if I wanted to make this US eastern and than I'll just go ahead and copy and paste these show variables and select now like that.

And when I say Go now we have the first two which is in UTC and then after that I set the time zone to eastern and now, now shows the time zone in the eastern time zone which of course is several hours earlier, looks like four hours earlier, than UTC. So it's the day before and it's 23:39 instead of 03:39. So, the time and date types in MySQL have good support for storing and displaying time and date information including comprehensive support for time zones based on the extensive IANA time zone database.

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