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how do you deal with timezone issues? [duplicate]

Everything in UTC, and another column for the offset.

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    • Absolutely the right answer. If you don't use one specific timezone to base all your timestamps, etc, on, you're going to have a world of problems. Just use an offset lookup table with date ranges, and then link your user to that. Don't store the offset as an actual number.

These are the key points to the strategy I tend to use.

  • Every date is UTC internally to the system.
  • Users are shown dates in the their local timezone.
  • We allow users to override the timezone they are using in case they travel and they want to keep the timezone consistent.
  • Make the timezone easily visible. Either display it with the time or as part of the column header.
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