MySQL: Difference Between current_date(), sysdate() and now()

Do you know the difference?

current_date(): Only give you the date.
now(): Datetime when the statement,procedure etc… started.
sysdate(): Current datetime.

Take a look between the functions now() and sysdate() after executing sleep of 5 seconds…:

SQL> select current_date(),now(),sysdate(),SLEEP(5),now(),sysdate();
"2016-03-24";"2016-03-24 16:00:43";"2016-03-24 16:00:43";"2016-03-24 16:00:43";"2016-03-24 16:00:48"

Matheus.

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