CakePHP set CreatedAt field on save

So after a quick search I found that CakePHP automatically updates ‘created’ and ‘modified’ for you. Well the database I already had setup uses the fields ‘CreatedAt’ and ‘UpdatedAt’ instead. I didn’t want to go through and modify almost every table in the database just so I don’t have to set the CreatedAt date manually with every new record.

So to make sure I get CreatedAt set on new records I added this to my AppModel.php

Before the data is actually saved and if there is no id, since new records wouldn’t have one yet, it sets ‘CreatedAt’ to the current time. If there is a way to change ‘created’ to ‘CreatedAt’ I would prefer to do that, but this is working for me at the moment.

Because ‘UpdatedAt’ is set to update to the current timestamp on update through the database, I don’t have to worry about CakePHP doing it for me.

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