In Ruby on Rails, DateTime.utc.iso8601 and Time.utc.iso8601 format differently because they are two different classes representing dates and times in different formats.

  1. DateTime: DateTime is a Ruby class that provides more functionality than the basic Time class. It includes support for time zones and fractional seconds. When you call DateTime.utc.iso8601, it returns the current date and time in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) formatted as an ISO 8601 string.

Example:

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require 'date' dt = DateTime.now.utc puts dt.iso8601 # Output: 2023-07-27T12:34:56Z
  1. Time: Time is another Ruby class used for representing dates and times, but it has fewer features compared to DateTime. When you call Time.utc.iso8601, it also returns the current date and time in UTC, but it omits the fractional seconds from the output.

Example:

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time = Time.now.utc puts time.iso8601 # Output: 2023-07-27T12:34:56Z

As you can see, the outputs are similar in terms of the date and time representation, but the DateTime includes fractional seconds if they are not zero, while the Time class does not.

If you require more precision and additional functionalities like time zones and fractional seconds, you should use DateTime. However, if you only need a basic representation of date and time in UTC, Time might be sufficient and more lightweight. Choose the appropriate class based on your specific requirements.

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