Q&A > database programming > Placeholders and NOW() - Answer contributed by runrig

sub NOW { # Return current time in whatever format it # Needs to be in } $sth->execute(NOW());
But I suspect NOW() is a function in your particular database, in which case you wouldn't use a placeholder, and you would just put a literal NOW() in your SQL statement.


my $sth = $dbh->prepare(q{ INSERT INTO t ( foo, bar, time ) VALUES (?, ?, NOW() ) }); $sth->execute($foo, $bar);

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Re: Answer: Placeholders and NOW()
by dws (Chancellor) on Aug 15, 2002 at 02:48 UTC
    Instead of using a parameter that you'll bind at execute() time to the current time, include it instead directly in the query. For example, INSERT INTO t (msg, ts) VALUES(?, NOW())