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Default Date Format Horrors in Rails

How nice of rails to make it easy to change the default date format that is used when
showing a date from the database.

:default => "%d-%m-%Y"

Very easy. Simple writing:

outputs the date in my format.

All seems to work well, but a few days later. TODAY!! I found out my application wasn’t saving dates anymore.

The cause:

Rails uses the “:default” date definition to format the date when it builds an SQL statement. Well my MySQL version doesn’t seem to understand this date format.

For now I stay away from the :default date formatter.
I’ve changed my custom date_picker field so now it first formats the date with the date format before showing..

Btw. I found a possible solution and a remark that this has been solved for future rails version. You can find this info at, the rails date kit.