Rails 2.1 UTC & Local Time

I wrote the follwoing code to force the time before saving a record
(using UTC in my config environment)

      e = self.ending_at
      self.starting_at = Time.utc(s.to_date.year, s.to_date.month,
s.to_date.day, 0, 0, 1)

=> Fri, 01 Feb 2008 00:00:01 UTC +00:00

BUT now, I would like to use time zones in my app (setting
config.time_zone = "Madrid")
the user gives a date in the form (Fri, 01 Feb 2008)
the time is forced to be 00:00:01 as above
the date is saved as being Fri, 01 Feb 2008 00:00:01 in Madrid (UTC +

any trick ?


you want to set the database to use utc in environment.rb :

config.time_zone = ‘UTC’

And then store users timezone in your DB and then set config.timezone in a before_filter in your app.

That will allow the users to deal with their local timezone , but store everything in UTC.