You know that one piece of shitty code that always makes you cringe? Something along the lines of months = ['Jan', 'Feb' ....]; dateString = date.day()+' '+months[date.month()];
Yeah that piece of code. Let's talk about that.
A couple of days ago I caught myself writing code like that and red flags and alarms and air-raid sirens started going off in my head. I felt like that proverbial axe murderer reading my code who knows where I live was already breathing down my neck.
Scary situation that.
// all of this correctly returns a millisecond timestamp since unix epoch// the string argument can also be passed to the date constructor by the way (returns a correct Date object)Date.parse("Aug 9, 1995");Date.parse("Wed, 09 Aug 1995 00:00:00 GMT");Date.parse("Wed, 09 Aug 1995 00:00:00");Date.parse("Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT");Date.parse("Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00");Date.parse("Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT-0400");
Have a date and want a string? You're shit out of luck son.
> var d = new Date()> dMon, 12 Dec 2011 11:28:55 GMT> d.toString()'Mon Dec 12 2011 12:28:55 GMT+0100 (CET)'> d.toDateString()'Mon Dec 12 2011'> d.toISOString()'2011-12-12T11:28:55.401Z'> d.toJSON()'2011-12-12T11:28:55.401Z'> d.toGMTString()'Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:28:55 GMT'> d.toLocaleDateString()'Monday, December 12, 2011'> d.toLocaleString()'Mon Dec 12 2011 12:28:55 GMT+0100 (CET)'> d.toLocaleTimeString()'12:28:55'> d.toString()'Mon Dec 12 2011 12:28:55 GMT+0100 (CET)'> d.toTimeString()'12:28:55 GMT+0100 (CET)'> d.toUTCString()'Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:28:55 GMT'
Notice how none of those functions accept a format parameter? Sure, you could get those strings and hack them apart to create a string formatted to your liking ... but I'm not sure that's the ideal approach.
And let's not even get into wanting to coerce a 12-hour time format out of this thing. Perhaps if your computer is situated in the US the localeString would return that?
However I was able to find a jquery plugin that implements a rough strftime function, although it doesn't seem to have been actively worked on for the past three years and there are many things missing.
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