I've decided to try Chronic to make it easier (hopefully) to get certain dates. I've gotten most of the way there, I'm just stuck on the syntax for the last day of last month. Chronic.parse('first day of last month') => 2012-10-01 That works, but I've tried 'end day of last month', 'final day of last month', 'last day of last month', and many others. I just can't work out the syntax it needs.
on 2012-11-29 10:44
on 2012-11-29 11:10
On Nov 29, 2012, at 01:45 , Joel Pearson <email@example.com> wrote: > the syntax it needs. I don't see how throwing tons of code at something so basic is (that much) easier: ruby19 -rdate -e 't = Date.today; puts t - t.day' To really get the point across, look at how much it does to calculate this: ruby19 -rtracer -rdate -e 't = Date.today; puts t - t.day' vs: ruby19 -rtracer -e 'require "chronic"; Chronic.parse("first day of this month") - 86400'
on 2012-11-29 11:28
Thanks, that never occurred to me! This'll do for the moment. There are probably better ways to do it but I don't have time to experiment any further right now. def get_end_of_last_month Date.today - Date.today.day end def get_start_of_last_month t = Date.today - Date.today.day Date.new(t.strftime('%Y').to_i,t.strftime('%m').to_i,1) end
on 2012-11-29 22:35
On Nov 29, 2012, at 02:28 , Joel Pearson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Date.new(t.strftime('%Y').to_i,t.strftime('%m').to_i,1) > end *sigh* Your get_end_of_last_month creates 3 dates because it calls Date.today redundantly. local variables are so cheap they're free. Use them. Your get_start_of_last_month reimplements get_end_of_last_month for no reason so it too creates 3 dates, then it creates 2 strings instead of using the API and creates ints from those strings to get your last date. All in all: 4 dates, 2 strings, 2 ints via unnecessary string parsing. def get_end_of_last_month # 2 dates t = Date.today t - t.day end def get_start_of_last_month # 3 dates (inclusive) t = get_end_of_last_month Date.new t.year, t.month, 1 end You took the time to unfactor the efficient code I gave you. Please instead spend that time at least using your space bar, if not writing efficient and clean code.
on 2012-11-30 00:14
I'd resigned myself to using Time since the only help I could find for working with Date assumed I had Rails. Haven't gotten used to the methods available yet. I've always tried to avoid creating variables unless I have to, but since these are short methods I can see the value of using local variables. Thanks again!
on 2012-12-18 10:59
For future reference, this is what I ended up working with: def get_end_of_last_month Date.today - Date.today.day end def get_start_of_last_month Date.today - Date.today.mday + 1 << 1 end