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What languages do date, time, and calendar operations really well? [closed]

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How about .NET’s DateTime? (You can pick your language within the framework)

Are you looking for something like PHPs strtotime? That will give you the unix timestamp of almost anything you can throw at it.

From the php site:

<?php
echo strtotime("now"), "n";
echo strtotime("10 September 2000"), "n";
echo strtotime("+1 day"), "n";
echo strtotime("+1 week"), "n";
echo strtotime("+1 week 2 days 4 hours 2 seconds"), "n";
echo strtotime("next Thursday"), "n";
echo strtotime("last Monday"), "n";
?>

.NET’s date classes require much more arcane fiddling with DateTimeFormatInfo and the like to parse date strings that aren’t nearly as complicated as strtotime can handle.

PHP provides a DateTime class and a DateTimeZone class as of PHP 5, but they’re both quite poorly documented. I still mostly use unix timestamps and the date, time and strtotime functions as I haven’t fully come to grips with the new objects.

The following links attempt to flesh out DateTime and DateTimeZone a bit better:

  • http://laughingmeme.org/2007/02/27/
  • http://maetl.coretxt.net.nz/datetime-in-php

For Java, I highly recommend the Joda Date/Time library.

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