Friday, August 10, 2007

SQL Server Timestamp Field

It's been so long since I've had a decent Microsoft rant, I guess it must just be time. A while back, in a SQL Server database (don't laugh, the client insisted), I needed to have a timestamp for when a row is created. Silly me, I actually looked through the data type list, saw "timestamp", and thought, "Hey, that must be a timestamp!". Yeah, silly me.

The timestamp type? It isn't even a usable type. It gets set whenever the row gets updated, is binary data, and has nothing to do with dates or times. What I really wanted was a Datetime field with a default value of getdate(). Not a timestamp.

I'm so glad that the REST of my coding life, I get to be in Postgres. In Ubuntu. On Linux. Away from Microsoft. Harumph!



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