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ParseToTimestamp is a RuntimeReplaceable expression to represent to_timestamp standard function (in logical query plans).

As a RuntimeReplaceable expression, ParseToTimestamp is replaced by Logical Optimizer with the child expression:

  • Cast(left, TimestampType) for to_timestamp(s: Column): Column function

  • Cast(UnixTimestamp(left, format), TimestampType) for to_timestamp(s: Column, fmt: String): Column function


// DEMO to_timestamp(s: Column): Column
import java.sql.Timestamp
import java.time.LocalDateTime
val times = Seq(Timestamp.valueOf(LocalDateTime.of(2018, 5, 30, 0, 0, 0)).toString).toDF("time")
scala> times.printSchema
 |-- time: string (nullable = true)

import org.apache.spark.sql.functions.to_timestamp
val q =$"time") as "ts")
scala> q.printSchema
 |-- ts: timestamp (nullable = true)

val plan = q.queryExecution.analyzed
scala> println(plan.numberedTreeString)
00 Project [to_timestamp('time, None) AS ts#29]
01 +- Project [value#16 AS time#18]
02    +- LocalRelation [value#16]

import org.apache.spark.sql.catalyst.expressions.ParseToTimestamp
val ptt = plan.expressions.head.children.head.asInstanceOf[ParseToTimestamp]
scala> println(ptt.numberedTreeString)
00 to_timestamp('time, None)
01 +- cast(time#18 as timestamp)
02    +- time#18: string