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getDate() & CURRENT_TIMESTAMP

Whats the difference between getDate() & CURRENT_TIMESTAMP?

I'm inserting records into an archival table and need to stamp each row with the current time. I have a column called "ArchiveDate" and I hard-code 'CURRENT_TIMESTAMP' in my INSERT statement. Is there a difference if I use getDate() ?

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asked Oct 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM in Default

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CURRENT_TIMESTAMP is the ANSI standard method for getting date & time while GETDATE() is the T-SQL method. Also GETDATE() returns the datetime specific to the database including the database time zone offset where as CURRENT_TIMESTAMP doesn't include the database offset.

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answered Oct 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM

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Great answer, Grant. This is an interesting link if you're looking at CURRENT_TIMESTAMP and GetDate()...

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/denis_gobo/archive/2009/02/22/12089.aspx

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answered Oct 26, 2009 at 11:26 AM

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