I have a bunch of records with dates formatted as a string such as '04/17/2009'
I want to convert them to a mysql datetime field
I plan to use a foreach loop to read the old date value and insert the newly formatted value into a new field in each record
what would be the best way to convert that string...I thought php might have a way to do it automatically?
First, convert the string into a timestamp:
$timestamp = strtotime($string);
Then do a
date("Y-m-d H:i:s", $timestamp);
If these strings are currently in the db, you can skip php by using mysql's STR_TO_DATE() function.
I assume the strings use a format like
day are always 2 digits, and
year is 4 digits.
UPDATE some_table SET new_column = STR_TO_DATE(old_column, '%m/%d/%Y')
You can support other date formats by using other format specifiers.