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What exactly is a Timestamp? Why is it relevant?

 
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superk

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:43 pm    Post subject: What exactly is a Timestamp? Why is it relevant?
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Would someone mind enlightening me a bit about what exactly a Timestamp is and what is its relevance? I see a lot of topics that mention it, so I'd like to have some sort of frame of reference.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:45 pm    Post subject:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject:
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Kevin- do you really mean to ask that question? I scratch my head... icon_neutral.gif

Timestap, read it as time-stamp...in general, a timestamp is a seven-part value (year, month, day, hour, minute, second, and microsecond) that represents a date and time as defined previously, except that the time includes a fractional specification of microseconds - however, this definition works well on IBM machines but in C timestamp macro is formatted as: ddd mmm dd hh:mm:ss yyyy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:06 pm    Post subject:
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Peter,

Good link, and it also amused me a smidge.

...............Would you trust an organisation - International Organisation for Standardisation that calls itself ISO.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:23 pm    Post subject:
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Well expat, only if members of that organization say to me :


"oh, ISO horney!"
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:17 pm    Post subject:
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Anuj Dhawan wrote:
Kevin- do you really mean to ask that question? I scratch my head... icon_neutral.gif


Yes, I do. I'm not a developer or a DBA and I don't deal directly with business data structures much anymore. When I see a term pop up over and over again I like to make sure I understand not only what it means but also how it should be used in context. I only know how I understand the term from working with Oracle databases as a field format definition. You know as well as I do how many times posters misuse proper terminology.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:12 am    Post subject:
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As far as I know, its nothing more than an indicator of when something happened. What that indicator is used for is outside the scope of the definition.
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