Setting up Symfony and issues with time zone settings — and why the heck are there so many different names for time zones, anyway?!

Setting up in Symfony requires setting time zone, of all things, before you can continue with your new website masterpiece.  This is annoying, especially in shared hosting environments when you might not have access to certain settings.

date.time = “US/New_York”

Here’s a list of American time zones for quick reference.

Why are there so many names?  Decoupling in the web is a principle that applies to virtually everything (pun intended).  One zone description for a time zone doesn’t suffice when different localities within a time zone may abide by DST (Daylight Savings Time) and others don’t.  Go figure.

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