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MySQL timestamp data type

Based on what I've read of this, I'm guessing that if a timestamp is included as a field in a table & a record is inserted into that table, the value of the field is set to the then current date & time (server time) to the nearest second. I'm guessing that you DO NOT include any "value" for the timestamp field.

Of course I'm assuming I can report that value like a datetime.

Is this correct?

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8/22/2022 - Mon

Depends on how you defined the field - but, by default, yes.  A single TIMESTAMP field functions, by default, as a "modified date/time" field if you don't give it a value.

You can change that functionality a number of ways, though:

Sorry, missed the last bit there: yes, it functions basically as a DATETIME.  Only key difference is that it'll convert from the defined local timezone to UTC for storage, and then back to the local timezone for retrieval.
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So it will also modify the timestamp if I update the row?

I don't want that.
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As was stated in the link I included.