This section describes how non-time-zone-specific time stamps are represented and the statements used to access them. There are two ways in which time stamps can be handled in ABAP:
- In new programs, it is recommended to use time stamps in time stamp fields.
- The system class for time stamps in packed numbers contains methods for the conversion between the two representation types for time stamps. These are necessary if you are working in new programs with time stamp fields, but need to access existing repositories or interfaces.
- There is not a time stamp for the missing days due to the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. The time stamp "1582-10-04T23:59:59.9999999" is followed by the time stamp "1582-10-15T00:00:00.0000000".