I am facing a very puzzling aspect of the REST API of Magento. Seemingly, the GET /Orders response does not return any date. This can't be right, sales orders are dated.
What am I missing here?
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You are right. You should get the order date back. The field is called
In case you are not getting it, check if it is allowed in the Attributes section.
System->Web Services->REST Attributes and click on the user type
If you didn't test, and just looked at the link you mentioned in the question then you should try it. I think that link just offers an example. It's not the real thing.
I just did a test and here is what came back:
Array (  => Array ( [entity_id] => 41 [status] => pending [coupon_code] => [shipping_description] => United Parcel Service - Ground [customer_id] => [base_discount_amount] => 0.0000 [base_grand_total] => 823.4500 [base_shipping_amount] => 11.5700 [base_shipping_tax_amount] => 0.0000 [base_subtotal] => 750.0000 [base_tax_amount] => 61.8800 [base_total_paid] => [base_total_refunded] => [discount_amount] => 0.0000 [grand_total] => 823.4500 [shipping_amount] => 11.5700 [shipping_tax_amount] => 0.0000 [store_to_order_rate] => 1.0000 [subtotal] => 750.0000 [tax_amount] => 61.8800 [total_paid] => [total_refunded] => [base_shipping_discount_amount] => 0.0000 [base_subtotal_incl_tax] => 811.8800 [base_total_due] => [shipping_discount_amount] => 0.0000 [subtotal_incl_tax] => 811.8800 [total_due] => [increment_id] => 100000049 [base_currency_code] => USD [discount_description] => [remote_ip] => 220.127.116.11 [store_currency_code] => USD [store_name] => Main Website Main Website Store English [created_at] => 2013-03-15 02:01:34 [shipping_incl_tax] => 11.5700 [base_customer_balance_amount] => 0.0000 [customer_balance_amount] => 0.0000 [payment_method] => checkmo [gift_message_from] => [gift_message_to] => [gift_message_body] => [tax_name] => US-CA-*-Rate 1 [tax_rate] => 8.2500 [addresses] => Array ( .....
I tested with JSON format, but I don't think that makes a difference.