Dates entered as MM/DD/YY

I have some forms on my site that use text boxes to enter dates. They
typically default to today’s date, in the format “MM/DD/YYYY”

However, sometimes a user will erase the box and type in a date, but
instead of typing 02/01/2006, they’ll type 2/1/06. Once the record is
created in the mysql database, it reads as ‘0006-02-01’ instead of
‘2006-02-01.’ Is there an easy way around this, or do I need something
in my create / update functions to catch and fix this? I have my reasons
for not using a date-picker control.

Use a before_save filter and pass your incoming date field to ParseDate
module to get a standardized date format suitable for your database.

Bob

Dylan M. <[email protected]…> writes:

I have some forms on my site that use text boxes to enter dates. They
typically default to today’s date, in the format “MM/DD/YYYY”

However, sometimes a user will erase the box and type in a date, but
instead of typing 02/01/2006, they’ll type 2/1/06. Once the record is
created in the mysql database, it reads as ‘0006-02-01’ instead of
‘2006-02-01.’ Is there an easy way around this, or do I need something
in my create / update functions to catch and fix this? I have my reasons
for not using a date-picker control.

You can fix the input before saving with:

Date.parse(params[:date], comp=true).to_s

http://www.ruby-doc.org/core/classes/Date.html#M001197

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