Sort date style month.day.year

I am looking for help on sorting dates with mysql. Here is a query that I am working with:
$result = mysql_query("select * from shows ORDER by showdate");

This is working but not as I need it to. Here is a sample date systen I want to use:
month.day.year
03.17.04
08.13.04
11.14.04
01.23.05

How can I set up mysql to work with this date system? Note - I am working with PHPAdmin so if you can speak to me in that lingo it would be helpful because I am not fully versed with mysql command prompt. Also does it matter if I use "/" or "." to separate the month.day.year

Thanks
waffeAsked:
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madwaxConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi waffe,

I would recommend you saving your dates as timestamps since that will give you the most possible functionality. Namely, a timestamp is a integer which is easy to save, and both PHP and MySQL have built-in functions for dealing with timestamps.

E.g.

1. then you can php to output your timestamp as: <?=date("m.d.y",$timestampFromDB?> where you may change the "m.d.y" to whatever you want by to get _ANY_ output. See: http://se.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php

2. MySQL has the built-in function FROM_UNIXTIME() which you can use as well: See:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/Date_and_time_functions.html

Feel free to ask more if you don't belive me... :)

Regards,
//madwax


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akshah123Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Instead of
$result = mysql_query("select * from shows ORDER by showdate");

try

$result = mysql_query("select * from shows ORDER BY DATE_FORMAT(showdate, '%m/%d/%Y')");
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