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Perl module P216
Handling Dates and Time
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module P216. This topic is presented on public course Perl bootcamp

Was 8 p.m. on 28th February in Los Angeles before or after 8 a.m. in Tokyo on 1st March? Perl has a very neat trick to handling dates and times, meaning that such questions can be easily resolved. We'll show you that trick, and we'll show you the various functions that you can use to handle dates and times in Perl.

Articles and tips on this subjectupdated
239What and why for the epoch
The Epoch occurred on 1st January 1970 ... at midnight, at the start of the day, GMT. It's an important concept in many programming languages, which work with times and dates before and after the epoch - it means that you can compare dates and times easily, even where month ends and different timezones ...
765Perl - turning seconds into days, hours, minutes and seconds
So often you'll be working within a program in seconds - elapsed times, delays, that sort of thing - but want to report times back to the user in terms of hours, minutes and seconds. The conventional programming way to do this is to do a series of divisions and grab the remainder, but in Perl you can ...
454Time conversions in Perl
Time isn't the easiest unit on which to do arithmetic, and dates expressed as a human-readable string are quite tricky to sort. Just imagine trying to write a program to work out whether 9 p.m. Pacific time on 28th Feb was before or after 3 a.m. in the UK on 1st March. And did you realise that, sorted ...
Examples from our training material
chivvy   Using %SIG to timeout keyboard entry
dante   Date and time demos
dt1   file last modified (days ago)
dt2   dt2 - file last modified (seconds from 1.1.1970)
dt3   current date and time (system dependent!)
dt4   use of time and localtime
dt5   compare a stated date and time with now!
hf   Modified "chivvy" - perhaps less OS dependent
sigint   Use of Signals in Perl to trap ^C (Control C)
tim   Converting times between epoch seconds and regular time
Perl - a modern language for ancient languages
Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from [here].
Topics covered in this module
So far.
File status operators.
stat on a file.
Via system commands.
How Perl handles dates and times.
Other date information available.
Convert from epoch seconds into "human readable" form:.
Convert from human readable form to epoch seconds.
Handling centuries.
Elapsed time sleep.
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