Insert command generates error in MySQL

I was given the following code to create some tables in MySQL:

create table vt_staff (
    stf_id          decimal(6,0)   primary key
  , stf_name_last   varchar(25)    not null
  , stf_name_first  varchar(25)    not null
  , stf_job_title   varchar(25)    not null
  , constraint stf_id_range         check (stf_id > 0)
  , constraint job_title_values
         check ( stf_job_title in ('vet', 'vet assnt', 'clerical', 'kennel'))
);

create table vt_animals(
    an_id           decimal(6,0)  primary key
  , an_type         varchar(25)    not null  
  , an_name         varchar(25)    null
  , an_dob          date            not null
  , cl_id           decimal(6,0)     not null  
  ,  constraint an_id_range         check (an_id > 0)
  ,  constraint an_dob_ck           check (trunc(an_dob) = an_dob)
  );

create table vt_exam_headers(
    ex_id           decimal(6,0)     primary key
  , an_id           decimal(6,0)     not null  
  , stf_id          decimal(6,0)     not null  
  , ex_date         date            not null
  , constraint vt_exam_headers_animal_fk  foreign key(an_id) references vt_animals
  , constraint vt_exam_headers_staff_fk   foreign key(stf_id) references vt_staff
  , constraint ex_id_range          check (ex_id > 0)
  , constraint exam_date_range      check (ex_date >= date '2010-01-01')
  );

All the code executed fine. However when I tried running the following insert statements for the vt_exam_headers table, I keep obtaining an error, e.g..,

insert into vt_exam_headers(ex_id, an_id, stf_id, ex_date)
  values (2289, 21320, 38, TO_DATE('2015-04-11 13:00', 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI') );

insert into vt_exam_headers(ex_id, an_id, stf_id, ex_date)
  values (2290, 21320, 38, TO_DATE('2015-04-11 17:00', 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI') );
 
I believe the problem is related to the TO_DATE function, but am not sure of the correct syntax.

Would appreciate any help.
geeta_m9Asked:
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Olaf DoschkeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
What is the error message saying?

If it tells something about TO_DATE or ex_date, your assumption might be right.

Why not test this isolated? echo TO_DATE('2015-04-11 13:00', 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI');
It is not a native php function, so it must be defined, included or required somewhere, before you can execute it, otherwise you get the error "Call to undefined function TO_DATE()", which happens to me. So the function is not defined.

Since you just created tables, you also have to add animals and staff first, before the exams an_id and stf_id can be populated with existing IDs. You have a foreign key constraint, that means whatever value you put into vt_exam_headers.an_id and vt_exam_headers.stf_id have to exist in the animals and staff tables, this is what is promised with this constraint. It means exams point to a related staff member and animal, any ID not existing in those table is just that, a number, worthless, meaningless, so this is about the referential integrity of data and prevents you to store meaningless data.

Bye, Olaf.
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geeta_m9Author Commented:
I have already inserted the records into the other tables. The error I obtain is, "FUNCTION TO_DATE does not exist." When I enter, echo TO_DATE('2015-04-11 13:00', 'YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI');",  like you suggested, I obtain the error: Error Code: 1064. You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your server version for the right syntax..."
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Olaf DoschkeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
No, not echo within the query, echo as separate command.

Well, more important: "FUNCTION TO_DATE does not exist." What does this say? You miss a file defining that function. It is not part of the PHP language, but most probably a user defined function you miss in some other php file.

You may have ripped this out of another php file, which does the right include/require to be able to call TO_DATE. So, go back to where you got this from and look out for what other php files are included there, or do a search of all php files of the project to find the php file with this function declaration.

Bye, Olaf.
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