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From "Heath Thomann (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (OPENJPA-2453) Add support to retain milliseconds of 'un-rounded' Date field.
Date Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:03:22 GMT
Heath Thomann created OPENJPA-2453:

             Summary: Add support to retain milliseconds of 'un-rounded' Date field.
                 Key: OPENJPA-2453
             Project: OpenJPA
          Issue Type: Improvement
    Affects Versions: 2.2.1, 2.3.0
            Reporter: Heath Thomann
            Assignee: Heath Thomann
            Priority: Minor

Take the following Entity:

public class TemporalEntity {
private Integer id;

private java.util.Date testDate;

Take this row in the DB (Timestamp is used in the DB):

ID            TESTDATE
1        2010-01-01 12:00:00.687701

Using a Date, I can not directly get the fractional seconds (i.e. .687701).  However, I can
use a formatter as follows and the milliseconds will be printed:

TemporalEntity t = em.find(TemporalEntity.class, 1);
SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS");
System.out.println("sdf.format(t.getTestDate()) = " + sdf.format(t.getTestDate()).toString());

sdf.format(t.getTestDate()) = 2010-01-01 12:00:00.688

Notice that the milliseconds are rounded.  OpenJPA rounds the milliseconds by default.  This
rounding was not desirable by some users.  For example, take the insert of this data:

INSERT INTO TemporalEntity (Id, testDate) VALUES(1, '9999-12-31 23:59:59.9999')

The Date inserted into the DB is .1 milliseconds from the next day of the next year.  When
a query is performed on this row, OpenJPA rounds the Date to the nearest millisecond which
means the Date seen by the user represents the next day and year.  A while back we added a
system property ('roundTimeToMillisec', via OPENJPA-2159) to OpenJPA to allow the milliseconds
to be stripped off and thus avoid the rounding.  So we avoid rounding, but in doing so the
milliseconds are completely removed when the property is set.   For example, when roundTimeToMillisec=false,
the above date of '9999-12-31 23:59:59.9999' will not be rounded up.  HOWEVER, the .999 will
be stripped off.  So, take our String format example above, the output would be:

sdf.format(t.getTestDate()) = 2010-01-01 12:00:00.000

A user may find it desirable to avoid the rounding, but may not like the fact that .688 is

This JIRA will be used to allow a user to avoid rounding of milliseconds, but will allow the
milliseconds to be retained.


Heath Thomann

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