Convert date

Alex Tweedly alex at
Sat Jul 15 09:41:07 EDT 2023

On 14/07/2023 19:45, Bob Sneidar via use-livecode wrote:
> Because I’m not that good with regular expressions and the format function. :-) But you example has one too many close parens.

Oops - I got caught out copying / pasting again :-(

Yes, of course it should have been

> put format("%s-%02d-%02d", item 1 of theDate, item 2 of theDate, \
>      item 3 of theDate) into theDate

> Also, for SQL Date I do not thing UK or US matters. It’s YYYY-MM-DD everywhere, isn’t it?
Yes, sql (or ISO) is same everywhere.
> Also, I assumed that the localization of the LC engine would take into account the local date format for the built in date functions. Is that incorrect?

That is correct, but there is kind of a problem (or at least limitation) 
with the function.

If I have a user here (UK) type a date into a field, and then I try to 
format it to SQLdate (or anything else) using this function, it will 
fail. My user will type something  (15/07/2023), and that gets an 
"invalid date" error.

I'm not sure there is anything you can do that is completely safe - you 
can't tell whether a /-separated date string is US or UK. But I'd argue 
that dates ready to pass in to the function are either 
internally-generated (so they'll be sql, or dateitems, or otherwise 
unambiguous), or they are user-generated (and hence local format).  And 
therefore I would suggest changing the code to

>        put item 2 of theDate & "/" & \
>           item 3 of theDate & "/" & \
>           item 1 of theDate into theDate
>        convert theDate to dateitems
>     ELSE
>        convert theDate from system date to dateitems
>     END IF
>     -- replace "." with "/" in theDate
>     -- convert theDate to dateitems


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