Use RFC 3339 for dates and times, it is simpler than ISO 8601. However, it does not support durations.

There is a good article that I need to fine. I think the rules were:

  • Be liberal in what you accept.
  • Store time as UTC
  • Store the symbolic time zone (i.e. Europe/London) if you need it. This includes DST in summer for example, while +01:00 does not.
  • Return time in UTC, and let the presentation layer convert it to the user's local time.

Examples: http://www.creativedeletion.com/2015/01/28/falsehoods-programmers-date-time-zones.html

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