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On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 11:53:19PM +0900, Gavin Sinclair wrote:
> From: "Philipp Meier" <meier / meisterbohne.de>
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>=20
> > For now, I am resorting to storing my date information as strings in the
> > database.  Does anyone know about the logistics of database-independent=
 date
> > handling?
>=20
> I use DBI with Mysql and prepared statements:
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> stm =3D dbh.prepare("intert into test values (?)")
> stm.execute(Time.now)
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> -billy.
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> Hmmm.... I can't test right now, but I'll give it a try.  Just so this po=
st is
> not a totally information-free zone, let me pass on a curious result.
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> SQL> create table test_date (test DATE);
> SQL> insert into test_date values ('01-OCT-2002');
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> % ruby <<EOF
> require "dbi"
> DBI.connect(...) do |dbi|
>   date =3D dbi.select_one("select * from test_date").to_h["TEST"]
>   puts date
>   puts date.class
> end
> EOF
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> 01-OCT-02
> String
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> =3D=3D=3D
>=20
> So, DATE information in the database in returned through either DBI or the
> Oracle driver as a String.  I'll try the method you posted shortly, but I=
'm not
> confident.  (It's probably the Oracle driver.)

Yes, indeed. DBI _returns_ every column as String. You can use
dbh.columns(table)[0].sql_type to determine the sql type an convert it
yourself.

-billy.
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On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 11:53:19PM +0900, Gavin Sinclair wrote:
> From: "Philipp Meier" <meier / meisterbohne.de>
>=20
>=20
> > For now, I am resorting to storing my date information as strings in the
> > database.  Does anyone know about the logistics of database-independent=
 date
> > handling?
>=20
> I use DBI with Mysql and prepared statements:
>=20
> stm =3D dbh.prepare("intert into test values (?)")
> stm.execute(Time.now)
>=20
> -billy.
>=20
> Hmmm.... I can't test right now, but I'll give it a try.  Just so this po=
st is
> not a totally information-free zone, let me pass on a curious result.
>=20
> SQL> create table test_date (test DATE);
> SQL> insert into test_date values ('01-OCT-2002');
>=20
> % ruby <<EOF
> require "dbi"
> DBI.connect(...) do |dbi|
>   date =3D dbi.select_one("select * from test_date").to_h["TEST"]
>   puts date
>   puts date.class
> end
> EOF
>=20
> 01-OCT-02
> String
>=20
> =3D=3D=3D
>=20
> So, DATE information in the database in returned through either DBI or the
> Oracle driver as a String.  I'll try the method you posted shortly, but I=
'm not
> confident.  (It's probably the Oracle driver.)

Yes, indeed. DBI _returns_ every column as String. You can use
dbh.columns(table)[0].sql_type to determine the sql type an convert it
yourself.

-billy.
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Meisterbohne       S=F6flinger Stra=DFe 100          Tel: +49-731-399 499-0
   eL=F6sungen       89077 Ulm                     Fax: +49-731-399 499-9
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