Mapping of Timestamp with Oracle Date datatype

Posted on 2000-04-02
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
 we just have tried to capture the time when user enters the system and this field is stored in the database. here how we do it :

new Timestamp (System.currentTimeMillis ());

this timestamp when we are trying to store in oracle database whose field is of type Date it gives some error as field length is too large.

As timestamp is subclass of date class it should map to date type of oracle datatype.

Kindly help me why is it giving such problems and also is there any way i can store time in milli seconds in oracle database ?

Question by:pravin_tiwari
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Expert Comment

ID: 2678849
I'm guessing the Oralce date class is in the format mm/dd/yyyy?

if so you'll want to store the following method call in your Oracle DB..

DateFormat.getDateInstance(DateFormat.SHORT, Locale.US)

DateFormat is declared in java.text, and getDateInstance is a static member.

If you are not using the miliseconds anywhere other than inside your Java code, why couldn't you just store your miliseconds as a STRING in the DB?

Author Comment

ID: 2678896
  we have changed the date format of oracle database . point is whether i can map Timestamp class of java to Date datatype of Oracle ? if yes, what all settings are required.
as i apprecaite your idea of storing milli seconds as separate field but right now i will result in lots of client side code changes .

thanks anyway

Expert Comment

ID: 2678985

 why not try having in your database of type Timestamp?
 The timestamp datatype is of both time and date.

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Expert Comment

ID: 2678998
pravin i think the problem is that u can not assign timestamp directly to the date field in oracle as timestamp contains date aswell as time that is why i think it gives u the error as  field length is too large.
so why dont u use class  it self
Date d = new Date(System.currentTimeMillis ());
and then insert it into ur date field

Author Comment

ID: 2679004
hi rjackman,
    But will it contain the time field also ? becoz this field is my primary key and i want to see to it the it is unique if it has only date field then it might voilate the primary key as it is possible that 2 user will enter my system on same date or may be sam second ! so probability that this field will be same for 2 user if date filed include's milliseconds is rare and that is the reason i want to insert milliseconds fiels also !

thanks anyways
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Expert Comment

ID: 2679116
java.sql.Date contains onle Date information.

you can use LONGINT database type and save the milliseconds directly.

Accepted Solution

azawawi earned 100 total points
ID: 2679760
Well this is a weird thing in Java to know that java.sql.Date doesnt store SQL TIMESTAMP type. In fact, java.sql.Date truncates the timestamp part of the DATE. So your only option is to use java.sql.Timestamp instead to correctly update a TIMESTAMP field (or Oracle DATE type-field).

i did that and everything went smoothly. Here is some sample code:

// Oracle driver classs loading...
// ...try to connect to DB...

// get today's timestamp and update the corresponding field in the Database
java.sql.Timestamp today = new java.sql.Timestamp(System.currentTimeMillis());
SimpleDateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
sql = "UPDATE sometable SET timestamp = to_date(" + tr(df.format(today)) + ",'yyyy-mm-dd hh24:mi:ss')";

// DB resources in reverse order...

for more information on java.sql.Timestamp see

Any more questions dont hesitate.


Expert Comment

ID: 2679766
no u can not save time in date field u can refer hey hey's comment then it will work for u..

Expert Comment

ID: 2679833
you mean add an execute Update and all those little thingies? :)

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