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date.format ( theDate ; format )

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Tim Anderson, TAg

A function to return a date in a text format specified at the time.

Sample Input:
date.format( get(currentdate); dd-mon-yy)
Sample Output:

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A function to return a date in a text format specified at the time.


date.format( get(currentdate); dd-mon-yy) - returns 03-Aug-08

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Other Notes:
Uses substitute function so is very simple for you to add your favourite abbreviation - just watch the substitution order!.
Thought I'd seen something like this before, but couldn't find it

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This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it


There is a problem with your variables. If the day of the week is Wednesday, then using "dname" correctly calculates "Wednesday" but then the next substitution for "dn" re-writes the "dn" in Wednesday to "WeWedesday". It's easy enough to use a different variable name but I thought I would point out the problem.

Will Loving, Northampton, MA
October 11, 2013 11:19am

I think I'd add 'm' (not padded) and 'd' (not padded). or perhaps I'd look at the way PHP handles date string functions (using the same "formats"):
just to make it consistent in this function. So month would have 'F', 'm', 'M' or 't' choices.

beverly, KY
April 02, 2016 5:07am

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