If only I had a dollar for every time when my question "in what time zone are your timestamps" is answered with a deadpan "it's just a number"…
Yes, it is just a number. What it means is that the time zone information is not provided with it, and has to be either assumed or provided by other means. This is exactly why I'm asking the question.
What the answer is telling me is that you rely on your programming environment to make that assumption for you, and you don't even know.
@isagalaev In all honesty, when I first got hired, I tried to use the time output of that device. C'mon, it was labeled "time" in the XML, so why not? I found it was wildly inaccurate and varied between devices. I had to have it explained to me that the consuming server just used it to look for differences between successive message blocks. So yes, documenting it (and naming it appropriately) is important.
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