How do I correctly store time over 24 hours in CakePHP?

I would like to store a period of time (20 minutes, 3 hours, 76 hours and 20 minutes...) with CakePHP. What would be the appropriate way to do so? If I use MySQL's TIME format, it's not necessarily database cross compatible, plus Cake expects it to be a time of day, with am/pm or 24 hour formatting.

Is the only option just to store it in seconds as an int and do the data crunch myself?



strtotime() method can help you to store time in UNIX timestamp format into the database. That you can easily use it later using mktime() method.

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