Java.sql for Spark Scala: Examples using Dates, Times, etc

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Spark dataframes use java.sql.Date and java.sql.Timestamp to represent dates and datetimes, respectively.

Here are examples for common operations you'll need to use on those.

java.time: You'll find yourself, however, very often having to deal with objects from the java.time API 1, so there are also some common ways to convert to/from those two types.

String to java.sql.Timestamp

Use Timestamp.valueOf("YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss.fff")

import java.sql.Timestamp

val ts = Timestamp.valueOf("2022-05-12 12:00:00.123")
# 2022-05-12 12:00:00.123

time.Instant to sql.Timestamp

Use Timestamp.from(instantObject)

import java.time.Instant
import java.sql.Timestamp

val instantObj =

val ts = Timestamp.from(instantObj)


1: The java.time API was introduced in Java 8 and it's now the de facto date/time API for Java/Scala. See examples here: Java.time API: Examples and Reference in Scala

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