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date.format ( theDate ; format )

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Tim Anderson, TAg
http://www.timanderson.co.uk/

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:
03-Aug-08


 Then copy & paste into FileMaker Advanced's Edit Custom Function window.

Description:

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

Parameters:
theDate
format

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

Requires Other Custom Functions:
None

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

Updated 19 March 2018 to my current use because if new comments. Replaced 'dn' with 'dn3' to stop issues with Wednesdays and removed the extra entry for 'year'

Note: these functions are not guaranteed or supported by BrianDunning.com. Please contact the individual developer with any questions or problems.

This is my Custom Function and I want to edit it

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5 most recent comments | Show all 6 comments

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"):
http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php
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

make sure to add quotes around format.

date.format ( date ; "mm-dd-yyyy" )

kevin rehak, collegeville, PA
March 15, 2018 3:55pm

Hi Tim, noticed that "year" is listed twice.

Richard DeShong, Berkeley, CA USA
March 19, 2018 9:14am

Thanks Richard. I had changed this in my solution along ago, removing the extra 'year'. But your comment and made me realise I had not updated this with the fix for wednesdays - now updated.
Beverly, I know next to nothing about php, I would imagine for those that would want consistency across their platforms they could easily follow what I have done here and tweak it for their own preference.

Tim, Falkirk
March 19, 2018 11:24am

It's very sad that something that ought to be straightforward and simple as formatting a date field is barely accomplished using complex Rube Goldberg methods. Also, beg the question as to why my CurrentDate field no long formatted as desired and also prints the year using Japanese characters.

Ed, Santa Cruz
May 26, 2018 12:54am

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