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Date/Time Functions In MySQL
Get a crash course in MySQL's date and time functions.

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As an industry-standard database, MySQL comes with a variety of different data types, including types for integers, floating-point numbers, strings, date and time values, and data collections. Users looking for temporal types are, however, particularly spoilt for choice, because MySQL includes such a wide variety of date and time types that it's sure to handle anything you throw at it. Just to give you an idea of its versatility - you can store a timestamp with the TIMESTAMP type, a single date or time with the DATE and TIME types, a combination of both dates and times with the hybrid DATETIME type, or just a year value with the YEAR type.

Of course, data types, by themselves are only one piece of the puzzle; in order to do something with them, you need functions. And MySQL scores high here as well, providing over 40 built-in functions to process and manipulate date and time values. This date and time API includes functions to obtain the current date and time, to perform sophisticated date arithmetic, to extract the different components of a timestamp, to rejigger a time value into different formats, to convert between different dates and times, and much, much more. Flip the page, and let me show you how.


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