Previously, I've discussed working with date and time values both server- and client-side, and I've covered storing temporal data in databases. This time, we're going to talk about telling time.
I've already talked about working with date and time values on both sides of the web stack. However, in web development, we not only manipulate temporal values, we often need to store them somewhere and retrieve them later. This post discusses the best methods of persisting dates and times in databases.
Date. Let's discuss them.
Time is omnipresent in software development. Pretty much every web application works with it in one way or another. Even the simplest blogging platform stores "when" a post should be published and then displays and sorts them using that information. While you might not run into any issues when developing a blogging platform, any more complex system can easily expose how complicated time actually is. Because time is complicated. And yet, many standard libraries in programming languages only give us a limited arsenal to tackle it.