I faced problem with timezone on my last two projects. So What is best way to sort out problems with timezone on db design.

I mean, What format should i added date time stamp.

On of my problem. My client asked me to expire particular event on users timezone. How can i solve this.

Thanks in advance.

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Off the top of my head, the simplest thing I could think of would be to store three values:

  • timezone offset for datetime in minutes (SMALLINT) (-1440 to 1440)
  • DST (daylight saving time), 0 or 1 (TINYINT)

I originally was thinking of timezone offset in hours. @yercube reminded me of other places with 15 min or 30 min additional offsets . For example, these cities have these times:

  • New York City at 4:00 PM
  • Bangalore 1:30 AM next day
  • Katmandhu 1:45 AM next day

You would have to

  • perform date arithmetic to handle display of datetimes
  • compare datetimes as pure UTC values
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    Will the offset (TINYINT) store hours or minutes? The timezone offset can be half an hour or 15 minutes. Jun 6, 2012 at 19:50
  • @ypercube Sorry, I was thinking in hours. You are right because Bangalore, India is on 1:24 AM right now (3:54 in NYC). So make timezone offset in minutes. I'll adjust my answer. Jun 6, 2012 at 19:54

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