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Using Dates in Search

There is a special consideration for the whereClause-based queries which reference a column of the DATETIME data type. Typically a DATETIME column is referenced in a comparison against a scalar value describing a specific date or a timestamp. The scalar value can be a number of milliseconds since the epoch (UNIX timestamp as milliseconds) or a string. Backendless supports a variety of date formats for the latter. For example, the queries below will find all the objects which were updated after March 23rd, 2015:

updated > '23-Mar-2015'
updated > '03/23/2015'
updated > 1427068800000

Comparison Operators

Backendless supports the following date comparison operators:

Column's value is after the specified date/time: use either > or the after keyword:

birthDate > '22-Dec-1980'
birthDate after 1427068800000

Column's value is before the specified date/time: use either < or the before keyword:

birthDate < '22-Dec-1980'
birthDate before 1427068800000

Column's value is either at or after the specified date/time: use either => or the at or after keyword:

birthDate >= '28-10-1988'
birthDate at or after '10/28/1988 00:00:00 GMT-0200'

Column's value is either at or before the specified date/time: use either <= or the at or before keyword:

birthDate >= '28-10-1988'
birthDate at or after '10/28/1988 00:00:00 GMT-0200'

Note: the whereClause-based queries can be tested in the Backendless Console with the SQL Search turned on.

Supported Date Formats

Date/time string values may be in any of the following formats. The pattern letters have the same definition as in Java's SimpleDateFormat:

EEE MMM dd HH:mm:ss zzz yyyy
yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSS'Z'
MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss 'GMT'z
MM.dd.yyyy HH:mm:ss 'GMT'z
MM-dd-yyyy HH:mm:ss 'GMT'z
MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss z
MM.dd.yyyy HH:mm:ss z
MM.dd.yyyy HH:mm:ss
MM-dd-yyyy HH:mm:ss
MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss
MM.dd.yyyy
MM-dd-yyyy
MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss 'GMT'Z
MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm
MM/dd/yyyy
dd/MMM/yyyy
dd-MMM-yyyy
EEEEE, d MMMMM yyyy
yyyy/MM/d/HH:mm:ss
yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss
EEEEE, MMMMM d, yyyy
MMMMM d, yyyy
yyyy M d
yyyyMMMd
yyyy-MMM-d
yyyy-M-d, E
'Date' yyyy-MM-dd
yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ssZ
yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mmZ
yyyy-MM-dd
yyyy-'W'w
yyyy-DDD
d MMMMM yyyy, HH'h' mm'm' ss's'

Example

String whereClause = "updated after " + calendar.getTime();
DataQueryBuilder queryBuilder = DataQueryBuilder.create();
queryBuilder.setWhereClause( whereClause );

List<Map> result = Backendless.Data.of( "Contact" ).find( queryBuilder );
String whereClause = "updated after " + calendar.getTime();
DataQueryBuilder queryBuilder = DataQueryBuilder.create();
queryBuilder.setWhereClause( whereClause );

List<Contact> result = Backendless.Data.of( Contact.class ).find( queryBuilder );