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From Andrus Adamchik <>
Subject Re: Using a specific time zone for timestamp values for Derby
Date Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:04:45 GMT
Correct, Cayenne follows the first approach. You can create a custom ExtendedType (or types)
for the appropriate value types to alter this behavior.

I guess I am with John in that the most portable approach is to keep your JVM on UTC. Wonder
if introducing a TZ offset as a potential future Cayenne stack property will just create more


> On Mar 25, 2017, at 7:57 PM, Dirk Lattermann <> wrote:
> Derby (and H2), for example, store TIMESTAMP values not as a time offset
> from some epoch, but as a local datetime value, without time zone
> information.
> There are two possibilities to map that by JDBC:
> 1. to java.util.Date, java.sql.Date, java.sql.Timestamp: the JVM's
> system time zone is used to convert the database value to a offset
> value from the epoch, so the result is dependent on the system time
> zone.
> 2. you can pass a Calendar object to the JDBC getTimestamp() call and
> specify the time zone to use.
> According to my observations, it seems Cayenne (and the Derby adapter?)
> use the first approach. Is it possible to configure it so that a
> calendar with UTC is used? I'd like to have a switchable front end time
> zone which and application behaviour which is independent of the system
> time zone, so I want to store all timestamps as UTC in the database.
> The same would apply for DATE and TIME.
> A workaround would be to switch the JVM default time zone to UTC on
> application startup, but that is not so nice IMO.
> Thank you,
> Dirk

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